- A young woman was brutally murdered, allegedly by a 19-year-old man
- Gomolemo Legae from Ramosadi village was stabbed multiple times before she was doused in petrol and set on fire while alive
- South Africans are in mourning and an angry uproar is spreading through the country
Gomolemo Legae, an 18-year-old from Ramosadi village, outside Mahikeng, has been murdered on Sunday, 1 December.
The young woman was stabbed multiple times and left for dead. However, the killer returned to douse her in petrol and set her alight while she was fighting for her life, TimesLIVE reports.
It is believed that Gomolemo was heading home when the suspected killer approached her. A few minutes later, her screams echoed through the streets.
Legae may have been raped as well, but that is still under investigation. After the attack, the teen was found by a passerby, who left her with another man because the ambulance was taking long.
He wanted to wait near the road so he could direct the ambulance in the right direction. Even before the ambulance had arrived, he noticed flames from behind him and rushed back. She had been doused in petrol and set on fire by her attacker.
It is not clear if the man who was with her had just left her or if the assailant scared him off.
Provincial police spokesperson, Brig Sabata Mokgwabone, said:
"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."
Briefly.co.za gathered Mokgwabone added that media reports that the young woman was stabbed 25 times are not true.
A 19-year-old was handed over to the police by his brother. News24 reports that the victim's aunt, Gadifele Mashetla, said her niece’s killer was determined to take her life.
"We’re told by pathologists that she was stabbed more than 25 times in the chest and back but Gomolemo fought on, refusing to die. He then went and bought petrol which he used to set her alight."
She claims her niece could have been saved if the ambulance responded earlier.
South Africans have been left disturbed and heartbroken by the news:
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