Family wants justice for slain Jabulile

Jabulile Nhlapo (21) was shot and killed last week at her room in a student house in Vanderbijlpark.

VANDERBIJLPARK. – Following the widespread criticism against the brutal killing of women in the country, yet another woman from the Vaal was brutally killed by an ex-boyfriend.

Jabulile Nhlapo’s life was cut short and her dreams brutally shattered by an ex-boyfriend who shot and killed her in cold blood in her room at a student residence in Rutherford CW1, Vandebijlpark last week.
Nhlapo, a Human Resources intern at Emfuleni Local Municipality (ELM) and a B-Ed student at Unisa is said to have had a zest for life and big dreams.
Her mother Sesi Nhlapo said she was devastated by the brutal death of her daughter, saying that she believed that the reason behind the killing was that the culprit, her ex-boyfriend, did not want to be dumped.
Sesi said Jabulile’s friends called her to let her know that she had been shot, but never said that she had died. “They told me she was in hospital, I think they were too scared to tell me the truth. Later a family member told me that she had passed on. “I wish the death penalty was still part of the justice system because now our girl children are not safe anymore. She is my first born child and she was my pillar. She did so much for our family, financially and otherwise. We are going to miss her.”
Jabulile’s friend Boitumelo Mabele says, “Jabu was not only a friend to me but a role model. This tragedy happened right at the peak of her life, where things were starting to happen for her. Most of us looked up to her. She was a positive role model who always believed in working hard in order to achieve her goals. Her family had high expectations for her. I want to tell her killer that what he did has left us heart-broken and that he has taken away a diamond in our lives.” Vanderbijlpark police spokesperson, Sergeant Gertrude Makhale confirms that a 29-year-old suspect has been arrested and charged with the murder. He briefly appeared at the Vanderbijlpark Magistrates Court on Monday.

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