Story By: James King, Sub-Editor: Marija Stojkoska, Agency: Newsflash
This young law student was attacked in a children’s playground where she was stripped naked and raped before being strangled with her own underwear.
The murder and sex attack on Phuthi Ramara, 21, happened while South Africa was taking part in the UN-led 16 Days of No Violence Against Women and Children.
She was a second-year law student at the University of Johannesburg and her body was found in a children’s playground in the Protea Glen suburb of Johannesburg earlier this week by a jogger.
Her family said they had been informed by police about the circumstances around her death, including the fact that she was strangled to death after being raped using her own underwear.
The young woman lived with her grandmother, Agnes Ramara, who had raised her since she was a child.
She was quoted in the local newspaper the Independent as saying: “I’m going to miss her a lot. I don’t understand what she ever did to those people. They could have just hurt her, at least that way she could have gone to the hospital and come back. Not for them to kill her like that. She was a good child, I never had to reprimand her for anything. I have lost a lot, they have killed me.”
Tragically, the family heard about the death of the young woman before they knew that she was missing, it was only when a cousin came round asking where she was when they realised there was a problem.
She had been with three male friends but decided not to travel in the car with them, and opted to walk home instead.
Her mother Sibongile Ramara said that the young woman had loved fashion and tattoos, and had been identified by a tiger tattoo that was on her neck and a flower that was on her leg plus the fact that her name was tattooed on her hand.
Police are investigating.
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