Friend tells of Mokoena’s bruises

The New Age (KwaZulu-Natal) - - News - DIKELEDI MOLOBELA dikeledir@the­newage.co.za

PIC­TURES show­ing how Karabo Mokoena was bat­tered and killed were ex­hib­ited in the South Gaut­eng High Court where a Soweto man is stand­ing trial.

Sandile Mantsoe is in the dock for her mur­der

A friend of the dead woman took the stand yes­ter­day and iden­ti­fied the pho­tographs as that of Mokoena.

Stephanie Leong who had been friends with Mokoena since De­cem­ber 2013 told the court that the bruises on her body were in­flicted by Mantsoe and she told her to leave him af­ter the as­sault.

Leong said she and Mokoena’s fam­ily along with po­lice went to look for Mokoena at Mantsoe’s apart­ment in May last year when they saw the footage.

“On the footage I saw Karabo and the ac­cused go into the lift on the day she dis­ap­peared. But I never saw Karabo again, I only saw the ac­cused go in and out,” she said.

In a video footage which could be cru­cial in prov­ing that Mantsoe killed Mokoena, Leong said she saw Mantsoe come back with a Pik­itup dust­bin which he loaded into the car and drove off with two other peo­ple in­side the car.

Mantsoe has pleaded not guilty to all three charges of as­sault GBH, mur­der and de­feat­ing the ends of jus­tice.

Mantsoe’s lawyer said the 22-year-old Mokoena in­stead com­mit­ted sui­cide.

MEC Nandi May­athula-Khoza was in court and said she was still shocked and shaken by the tes­ti­mony of Mokoena’s friend.

The Gaut­eng so­cial de­vel­op­ment men’s fo­rum held a picket out­side court in sup­port of the slain Mokoena

The or­gan­i­sa­tion’s spokesper­son said it had adopted a stance to fight against all sorts of gen­der based vi­o­lence and will demon­strate out­side the court premises to dis­play their con­dem­na­tion of gen­der based vi­o­lence.

The trial con­tin­ues to­day.

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IN THE DOCK: Sandile Mantsoe is charged with mur­der.

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