- Karabo was murdered last year, allegedly by her boyfriend
- Her sister, Bontle, reflected on the first year without her
- Karabo's friends said she was beautiful both on the inside and outside
South Africa was stunned last year by the brutal murder of 22-year-old Karabo Mokoena, allegedly by her boyfriend, Sandile Mantsoe.
One year on, her sister, Bontle Mokoena, is still trying to come to terms with no longer having her beloved younger sister around.
Speaking to DRUM magazine, 28-year-old Bontle shared how much she misses her sister.
She was the other half of me. She’d often ask, ‘What are you doing after work?’ And if she was here now we’d be making plans to go out. But life is very different now [that] she’s gone.
Bontle recalled how she played the role of a big sister when Karabo was discovering the world as a teenager. While Karabo rebelled at first, she eventually settled down and they became best friends.
Karabo's friends, Michelle Daka and Stephanie Leong, have now formed a strong bond with Bontle and her family. Michelle described how Karabo was a people's person:
Karabo connected with people’s hearts. She had so much to offer. I often told her she had the complete package – beauty inside and outside. She had so much compassion for others. She had so many dreams. She was an inspiration and the light of her family.
Although Bontle has Michelle and Stephanie's support, she still struggles with dating as a result of what happened to her sister.
It’s so hard dating and I don’t get invested in anyone. I want to concentrate on my career. After her funeral my eyes opened a bit more [to the harshness of the world].
However, she's determined that something good must come out of it all. She has teamed up with Stephanie and Michelle to start a foundation for abused women in honour of Karabo.
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