The brutal murder of Bontle Lesholo has left her family shocked and in pain. The 29-year-old’s body was found next to the river in Tlokweng Village, outside Rustenburg in North West, on Tuesday 10 August.
Bontle’s father Maleke said the family last saw her when she left home with her boyfriend to spend the weekend with him.
“She never returned home. After she didn’t answer her phone for a few days, we had to confront the boyfriend. We suspected something was fishy when his stories about her whereabouts didn’t line up,” he said.
“Her body was later found the body. She had been beaten beyond recognition.”
Bontle’s aunt Rosemary Boikanyo said what made it more painful was that Bontle’s brother was also murdered and justice was never served.
“It pains us that the law doesn’t take such cases seriously. We just want to know what happened to our daughter,” she said.
“It has been really difficult for us to process everything. The family is really struggling to come to terms with her death.”
On Friday 20 August, the women of the village marched against gender-based violence. They wore black to show they were in mourning.
Community leader Lenah Kgaswane said: “We are deeply saddened by the brutal murder of a young woman in our village.”
Lenah said that women were being killed while celebrating Women’s Month.
“The law must take its course and justice must be served. The person who brutally murdered our daughter must be arrested,” she said.
Councillor Obed Motsisi said the community stood together.
“These culprits should know we will unite and protect our community. We stand against any form of woman abuse,” he said.
Bontle was laid to rest at Tlokweng cemetery on Saturday 21 August.
Police spokeswoman Captain Aafje Botma confirmed a murder case was opened at Madikwe Police Station. She said no arrests had been made yet.
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