This murder was senseless, brutal, and symptomatic of a sickness in South Africa. North West student Gomolemo Legae was killed in horrific fashion.
The scourge of gender-based violence shows no signs of dissipating, after yet another young woman was murdered in brutal fashion. Gomolemo Legae, from Ramosadi near Mahikeng, was making her way home when an attacker – a 19-year-old set to appear in court on Wednesday – grabbed hold of her.
Gomolemo Legae murder – who killed her?
He stabbed her multiple times, before dousing her with petrol and setting her on fire. Agonisingly, Gomolemo Legae managed to tell nearby residents what had happened to her before eventually succumbing to her injuries. She passed away on Sunday afternoon, and the accused was handed over to police on Monday.
“According to information available at this stage, reports suggest that the woman was on her way home when the suspect approached her. She was heard screaming a few minutes later. Although she was subsequently found bleeding, she managed to inform the members of the community who the suspect was. The woman suffered third-degree burns.”
Provincial Police Spokesperson Brig Sabata Mokgwabone.
EFF react to more gender-based violence
It’s alleged that the suspect was also positively identified from the CCTV footage of the garage he went to, where he bought the petrol to burn his victim.
The killing bears horrendous similarities to the Precious Ramabulana case in Limpopo. Both girls were students, both were stabbed frenetically and they were each targeted in a femicide. The EFF have issued their own take on the matter, with a statement released earlier on Wednesday morning:
“Men in South Africa are relentless in their blood-thirsty and killing spree of women. Up to now, interventions have been half-hearted and superficial. The perpetrators of these acts are likely to never pay for their sins, because the justice system is fraught with inefficiencies.”
“We must rid our country of this pandemic that keeps spreading year in, year out. We must unite to curb the brutal war men have waged against women. We send our heartfelt condolences to Gomolemo Legae. We cannot imagine what it takes to survive such a trauma.”
Gomolemo Legae case set for court
Claims that she had been stabbed “25 times” have been dismissed, but this doesn’t trivialise this disgusting crime in anyway. Court proceedings begin later today, and this North West community will demand justice on the matter. There’s likely to be a red hot atmosphere outside of the courthouse, as protesters and angered locals have plans to attend.