A 26-year-old South African lady, Aviwe Jam Jam has been found dead in Khayelitsha, Cape Town, few months after escaping her abusive boyfriend.
Aviwe who is suspected to have been beaten to death, was identified by her family on Tuesday after it was found at the Vygieskraal Stadium, Athlone, on July 29, roughly 24km from her home.
According to Captain FC van Wyk, though the post mortem still needed to be concluded however her boyfriend was arrested last week in connection with “several other cases”, and is being investigated in connection with her murder.
Speaking to newsmen, Aviwe’s aunt Nondumiso Zizi said her niece had told her mother that she had left for Pretoria and that she should not look for her because she was hiding from her 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 the way the boyfriend was treating her.”
Zizi further disclosed that Aviwe’s boyfriend had come to their home, looking for Aviwe and had attacked her stepfather with a panga who had to get 12 stitches after the attack, 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.”
The boyfriend was arrested shortly after for assaulting the stepfather, said Mbalula.
During the visit, Aviwe’s mother Nomthandazo Jam Jam, 56, proudly showed journalists a photo of Aviwe at her graduation.