EIGHT months after the brutal murder of Karabo Mokoena devastated South Africans, a similar case has once again shocked people.
The latest in a string of women murdered this year is 19-year-old Tsholofelo Mofokeng, who burned to death on Christmas Eve.
CIRCUMSTANCES SURROUNDING HER DEATH ARE SPOOKILY SIMILAR TO KARABO’S, AS SHE WAS ALLEGEDLY KILLED BY AN ANGRY EX-LOVER!
Tsholofelo, who also called herself Irene Khutlelang, had apparently become tired of being abused by her man and decided to leave him.
He allegedly went crazy after being dumped and poured petrol around her shack at her family home in Matshelapad, near Tarlton in Mogale City, and set it alight.
Neighbours were woken by Tsholofelo’s screams and managed to drag her out of the flames, but she later died of her injuries.
Her 23-year-old ex-boyfriend has since been arrested and charged with murder.
Many on social media have compared Tsholofelo’s brutal murder to that of Karabo, who was allegedly killed by her boyfriend Sandile Mantsoe before her body was burned and dumped in Joburg.
Tsholofelo’s cousin Kabareng said the family was devastated by her death as she was the breadwinner.
“She was happy after she moved on and became her old self again. She was a shoulder to cry on for many of us and we were happy to have her back,” said Kabareng.
“We’re still in shock and disbelief and pray her killer will rot in jail.”
Tsholofelo will be buried in Madikwe, near Zeerust in North West, on Sunday.
Her murder has angered many South Africans, some of whom have called for the death penalty to be brought back.
Lerato Sethusa wrote on Twitter: “South African men suffer from an inferiority complex. They are insecure and want to control their women.”
Krugersdorp police spokesman Constable Lucky Matome confirmed that a suspect was arrested and said he was expected to appear in the Krugersdorp Magistrates Court soon.
Tarlton station commander Lieutenant-Colonel Christina Tsoaedi said she was concerned about the number of murders that had taken place between Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.