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Karabo Mokoena's murder judgement gives hope to victims of women abuse

03 May 2018

The ANC welcomes conviction and 32 years imprisonment sentence handed to Sandile Mantsoe following the gruesome killing of Karabo Mokoena.

The Acting Judge Peet Johnson was scathing in his words when he described Mantsoe as the "devil in disguise" who will now be an outcast in the community and who deserves nothing less than a harsh punishment. This should send a stern warning to abusive men that the abuse of women and children is an abhorrence to society and perpetrators of such evil deserve no mercy.

Although the final outcome of the case will never return to the Mokoena family their beloved daughter, we hope that the manner in which justice was served will contribute significantly to assisting the deceased's family begin the long journey of healing and hopefully find closure.

Karabo Mokoena's tragic case has once again shone the spotlight on how the scourge of women and child abuse continues to be an endemic societal problem which requires all all sectors of society to stand up against.

The South African Police Service and the National Prosecuting Authority have to be commended for the manner in which they pursued the case to ensure that the perpetrator faces the full might of the law following the brutal murder of the young Mokoena.

The ANC in its 54th Conference resolutions called on society, in particular men to rally behind the banner of Not In My Name and Count Me In and to be visible in 365 days campaigning against all forms of violence and abuse in particular violence and abuse against women and children.

Victims of abuse need to know that the law is on their side but most importantly potential perpetrators need to know that the law is intolerant to the abuse of women and children.

Issued by the African National Congress


Pule Mabe
National Spokesperson