Woman vi­o­lently beaten to death

Aviwe Jam-Jam met a ter­ri­ble, painful death and her body was dumped in Athlone this week

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - ASANDA SOKANYILE

A FEW months ago Aviwe JamJam aban­doned her job at the Air­ports Com­pany SA and, with the help of rel­a­tives, fled to Johannesburg to es­cape her abu­sive boyfriend.

But, un­der pres­sure from her mother and with the prom­ise of an in­ter­view for a ho­tel job, the glam­orous 26-year-old, who’d once as­pired to be a model, made the fa­tal de­ci­sion to re­turn to Cape Town.

Here she met a ter­ri­ble death and her badly-bat­tered body was found in Athlone ear­lier this week.

Her griev­ing fa­ther, Libha Jam- Jam, who raised his daugh­ter and her brother, told the Week­end Argus how Aviwe had pleaded with her step­mother for help to leave Cape Town a few months ago.

“She ex­plained to my wife that she was in trou­ble and wanted to get away from her abu­sive boyfriend. She said she wanted to go to Johannesburg and my wife gave her the money she needed.

“I dropped her off at the air­port and called my brother, in­form­ing him that she was on her way.

“As weeks passed, her mother kept call­ing her to come home but she did not want to and when she asked me what to do I said she should stay there.

“About two months af­ter her be­ing there, I got a call from my brother telling me he is on his way to drop Aviwe off at the air­port as her mother said she had an in­ter­view at some ho­tel, Jam-Jam re­called, adding that this was the last he’d heard of his daugh­ter un­til she went miss­ing – only to be found dead.

It was the last end any­one had ex­pected for the lively young girl who, af­ter ma­tricu- lat­ing at Cape Town High School in the city cen­tre, stud­ied tourism at the Cape Penin­sula Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy where she grad­u­ated with a diploma.

Jam-Jam said his daugh­ter loved peo­ple and never wanted to see or hear any­one ar­gue. She was al­ways singing and danc­ing.

“Her high spir­its were al­ways a com­fort to us all,” he said.

She moved to live with her mother and step­fa­ther about four years ago but last year went to live with her 29-yearold boyfriend and their twoyear-old son in the gated com­mu­nity of Sum­merville, in Kuils River.

She was re­ported miss­ing by her fam­ily at the end of last month and her body was found at Vy­gieskraal Sta­dium, in Athlone, ear­lier this week. Aviwe’s mother, Nomthandazo Jam-Jam, said she was told that her daugh­ter’s body was dumped out of a car there.

“Wit­nesses who called the po­lice said they saw a car re­verse into the sta­dium. Then a group of men came out car­ry­ing the body. They placed her neatly on the ground and drove off,” she said.

She said it was clear from the state of her daugh­ter’s body that she was bru­tally as­saulted.

Jam-Jam says ev­ery­thing went wrong af­ter his daugh­ter moved out of his house and he blames Aviwe’s mother for al­low­ing her and her brother to meet the wrong type of peo­ple.

Aviwe’s boyfriend is cur­rently in cus­tody for al­legedly se­ri­ously as­sault­ing her step­fa­ther at his Khayelit­sha home two months ago.

He was not ar­rested in con­nec­tion with Aviwe’s mur­der but her fam­ily have pointed the fin­ger of blame in his di­rec­tion.

“He called Aviwe’s mother a week prior to her body be­ing found and told her he was go­ing to kill her, he said it,” claimed Jam-Jam.

A friend, who wants to re­main anony­mous, said Aviwe had a toxic re­la­tion­ship with her boyfriend.

“He went to my home look­ing for her and I told him I did not know where she was. He in­sisted that I open all the rooms in the house so he could search for her.

“They had a very toxic re­la­tion­ship.

“The phys­i­cal abuse was just half of it,” she said.

PICTURE: PHANDO JIKELO

A rel­a­tive of Aviwe Jam-Jam, who was beaten to death shows a torn shirt that al­legedly be­longs to the killer. They think that she might have tried fight­ing her mur­derer be­fore she was killed.

Aviwe Jam-Jam, above left, who was beaten to death. Her body was dumped near the Vy­gieskraal sta­dium in Athlone.

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