Khayelitsha Woman, 26, Found Beaten To Death, Was Escaping Abusive Boyfriend
The 26-year-old woman believed to have been beaten to death in Khayelitsha, Cape Town, in July, fled the township months before to escape her abusive boyfriend, her aunt said on Wednesday.
Aviwe Jam Jam’s body was identified by her family on Tuesday after it was found at the Vygieskraal Stadium, Athlone, on July 29, roughly 24km from her home.
Captain FC van Wyk saidthe post mortem still needed to be concluded.
Minister of Police Fikile Mbalula visited the family at their home.
Later, he told journalists that police had been looking for the boyfriend in connection with other cases.
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.
Zizi was unable to confirm when Aviwe left Khayelitsha. She said Aviwe and her boyfriend had been together for “several years” and have a 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.”
She said the boyfriend had come to their home looking for Aviwe and had attacked her stepfather because he thought the family was hiding Aviwe.
Zizi said the boyfriend and a group of friends attacked the stepfather with a panga and he had to get 12 stitches.
“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.
Aviwe attained a tourism degree from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT).Nomthandazo said Aviwe would be missed because she always “brought life” to her home.
Mbalula urged women to report abuse and assault to police as soon as possible.
“Women, stand your ground because if you put up with abuse, you are putting up with death,” Mbalula warned.