A 26-year-old lady, Aviwe Jam Jam has been found dead in Khayelitsha, Cape Town, few months after escaping from her ‘abusive’ boyfriend.
The mother of one, who is suspected to have been beaten to death by her boyfriend was found by her family at the Vygieskraal Stadium, Athlone, 29, 24km from her home.
Aviwe’s aunt, Nondumiso Zizi told reporters that her niece left for Pretoria and asked not to be looked for because she was hiding from her abusive boyfriend of several years and father of her 2-year-old child.
“Aviwe was in an abusive relationship with this boyfriend. Aviwe’s mother tried to warn Aviwe of this, but she wouldn’t listen. She loved [her] boyfriend, so there was nothing we could do about it.”
“Aviwe’s mother suspected that Aviwe won’t come [back] alive because of the way the boyfriend was treating her.”
The deceased’s aunt, further disclosed that Aviwe’s boyfriend came to their home, looking for Aviwe and had assaulted her stepfather with a panga because he thought the family was hiding Aviwe.
“He [the stepfather] was bleeding and the whole yard was full of blood because of them and the boyfriend climbed on top of him and said they should kill him.”
Minister of police, South Africa, Fikile Mbalula on a visit to the deceased’s family urged women to report abuse as soon as possible.
“Women, stand your ground because if you put up with abuse, you are putting up with death.
”He has been arrested for assault and alleged murder,” Mbalula said.