A CANDLELIGHT vigil was held on Wednesday night to remember Karabo Mokoena.
The event, which was on what would have been her 24th birthday, was held at Eco Park in Diepkloof, Soweto. Before prayers were said, women dressed in black spoke about abuse.
Karabo Mokoena Foundation representative Stephanie Leong said it was important to look out for the signs of abuse.
“They are always there, just like they were with Karabo.
“There’s no such thing as it will get better. Once it starts, it won’t stop,” she said. Stephanie said the foundation was started after Karabo was murdered by her boyfriend two years ago.
“It’s run by her mum Keabetswe, her sister Bontle, me, my mum Hilary and a close friend of ours Michelle Daka,” she said.
“We have had to deal with a lot since her death. It was first the funeral then the court case. It drained us emotionally.”
She said they had started getting involved in abuse cases and would help wherever possible.
“Women are still being killed. We want justice for them,” said Stephanie.
She said women need to stand together to fight abuse.
Bontle told Daily Sun birthdays used to be fun but since Karabo’s death they just reminded her of what she had lost.
Karabo’s body was found burnt beyond recognition in Joburg two years ago.
Her boyfriend Sandile Mantsoe was sentenced to 32 years in prison for her murder.