Reports coming in from the suburb of Eesterust in Pretoria have revealed that a local woman has been murdered this weekend, with her ‘mutilated remains’ found on Sunday morning. The heinous discovery comes after a surge in shocking gender-based violence (GBV) gripped South Africa this week.
Woman murdered in Eersterust Pretoria. Her boyfriend is on the run. #GBV
— Yusuf Abramjee (@Abramjee) June 14, 2020
Eesterust murder – mutilated body of woman discovered
Evelyn de Kock is thought to have been killed by her boyfriend, who has gone missing since the body was discovered. The local community policing forum believe the suspect is in Geluksdal, and have told people in the area to help the police bring him in for questioning.
“We are calling on the communities of Eersterust and Geluksdal to assist police in tracking [the partner], who is suspected of murdering his girlfriend in Highlands Park. Her mutilated body was found today and the male suspect has fled, with his whereabouts unknown. Anyone with information must contact Eersterust SAPS.”
Highlands Park Community Police Forum
Sharna Fernandez, a provincial Minister of Social Development, reacted in horror to the news on Sunday.
“Sadly, another life lost! We are losing the fight to protect our women, children and LGBTQI+ community members!”
GBV victims in South Africa during June
After promises made by Cyril Ramaphosa and his government almost one year ago, it would seem the same issues are still prevalent in our society. This latest case in Pretoria adds to a truly shocking list of GBV committed against South African women in June 2020:
- In the case of the killing of 45-year-old Nompumelelo Tshaka, her alleged murderer, Ayanda Zenani was arrested. Ms Tshaka’s body was found dumped on an open field in Mthatha by a passer-by on 5 June.
- The 52-year-old Bhekukwanda Cele has appeared in the Ndwedwe Magistrates Court, charged with the alleged murder of his estranged wife, 31-year-old Nwabisa Mgwandela. It is alleged that three men assaulted and tied her up with a rope, leaving her hanging in the house on 7 June.
- Tshegofatso Pule was found in the bushes on 5 June. Her family reported her missing on 7 June, and it was identified the following day. The police are following leads to apprehend and bring to book her killer. Pule was eight months pregnant at the time of her death.
- A 34-year-old ex-boyfriend of slain 25-year-old Naledi Phangindawo appeared in court this week in Mossel Bay for her murder. She was killed in KwaNonqaba a week ago and the suspect fled to Strand but later handed himself over to police.