“We want to know why someone can continue to harass and threaten a woman after she turned to the police for help,” said Tshepi Mmekwa, Gauteng Action Centre coordinator at Action Society. “Had the system been working, Mojaji Kgomoboa would have been alive today.”
Action Society visited the grieving family of Mojaji today. Unfortunately, she was murdered by her ex-boyfriend in front of her seven-year-old son on Monday. Mojaji had been living in Tembisa for the past five years and had opened a case at the Rabie Ridge Police Station in 2021 for common assault, gender-based violence, and malicious property damage. Despite this, her ex-lover continued to harass and threaten her and her family, leading to this tragic outcome.
A suspect was arrested after the community went on a manhunt, and he subsequently appeared in the Tembisa Magistrate Court today.
Action Society is working with the Rabie Ridge Police Station and the National Children & Violence Trust (NCVT) to bring attention to this case and support the family. The Chief Social Worker of the NCVT has indicated that social workers are available in most police stations in Gauteng to assist families affected by violence.
“We want to urge the public to take a stand against gender-based violence and to support organisations working to prevent this devastating issue,” said Mmekwa. “We must work together to create a safe and just society for all women and children and give them the courage to leave a volatile situation.
“In memory of Mojaji Kgomoboa and all victims of gender-based violence, we pledge to continue our efforts to bring about change and end this epidemic.”