Police have confirmed that a 27-year-old man has been arrested after the burnt body of his 22-year-old ex-girlfriend was found in a veld in Lyndhurst, Johannesburg, reports News24.
The woman, Karabo Mokoena, had been trending on social media after she was reported missing on 28 April.
According to her elder sister, Bontle Mokoena, 27, Karabo was enrolled as a part-time student.
Police discovered the body on April 29 and embarked on investigation.
Captain Masondo confirmed that police are still waiting for post-mortem results in order to determine the cause of death.
“We prioritise crimes against women and children, and our investigation led to the arrest of her ex-boyfriend last night at his residence in Sandton. We are charging him with murder, and he will be appearing at the Johannesburg Magistrate Court on Friday,” Mavela Masondo told News24.
Masondo also warned against spreading images of who they suspected had committed the crime on social media.
“She was murdered on the night of April 29 between 9 and 9.30. Her body was found by the police on the 29th, and we only discovered about her death last night. I’m shocked; I don’t know how anyone could do this, only God knows what happened. We keep saying ‘how could he take her away from us?’, how could he do this and show no remorse?” said Stephy Leong, a close friend of Mokoena’s.
“I want to sit with the mother, and father, and family so that we talk about this,” said an uncle representing the family, who was on his way to the morgue to identify the body.
Social media users responded to her death under the hashtag #RIPKarabo and #RIPKaraboMokoena.
Karabo’s father, Tshepo, has alleged that someone close to his daughter confessed to him that they had killed Karabo and burnt her body, says The Citizen.