A missing 24-year-old South African woman was found dead by shepherds on a farm outside East London on Wednesday.
Sinesipho Lukhotsholo went missing on 2 October after she and her friend were involved in a confrontation with a group at a liquor store in the town of Berlin.
The latest incident ofÂ gender based violenceÂ (GBV) has angered the provincial Police Commissioner, who is hell-bent on bringing those responsible to justice.
South African Police Service (SAPS) spokesperson Colonel Sibongile Soci said in aÂ statementÂ that Lukhotsholoâ€™s body was discovered in the early stage of decompositionâ€ť by the cattle herders.
â€śEastern Cape Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant General Liziwe Ntshinga has strongly condemned the senseless murder a 24-year-old woman whose body was stumbled upon by the shepherds who were looking for cattle on a farm at Berlin, outside East London on 14 October 2020,â€ť he said.
He said that the woman had become separated from her friend after a fight that began in a liquor store spilled onto the street. Shots were fired, leading to all involved to run in different directions.
â€śAccording to information at the time, the deceased travelled with her friend from Chalumna to visit their boyfriends in Berlin,â€ť he said.
â€śOn arrival at Berlin they visited the local liquor outlet where an argument broke out between two groups which led into a brawl and they ended being escorted out of the establishment.â€ť
â€śAs they were walking away, they met the group they had a fight with where shots were fired and they all ran in different directions and she was never seen [again].
Indications suggests that the woman was murdered elsewhere and dumped on the farm. No arrest have been made as yet and police are appealing to the public for information. A case of murder has been opened for investigation.
â€śWe outright condemn the senseless murder in the strongest way and we will not allow callous criminals to target the most vulnerable in our society.â€ť said Lieutenant General Ntshinga on Thursday.
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