LEPHALALE — On Wednesday 12 February students of Lephalale TVET College, employees of Lephalale Municipality, Lephalale Mayor Jack Maeko and Limpopo MEC for Transport and Community Safety, Dickson Masemola, attended the court appearance of Zacharia Moabi. The 36-year-old Moabi is the suspect for the alleged killing of Tshidi Mocheko.
Soon after the court hearing, angry students chanted Moabi’s name soon outside the court and called for justice for Tshidi.
The outgoing SRC President, Mosibudi Mafokoane, spoke harshly against gender-based violence. She called on women to stand in solidarity to fight gender-based violence.
Mafokoane said there was a need to create forums to fight gender-based violence and to get justice for slain women.
Lephalale TVET College Principal Vincent Ngobeni also attended the court hearing. He said there are social worker services available for students at the college.
“I urge you to make use of these services if you feel the need to shout. It is painful that just last week (before Tshidi was murdered) I had to urgently transfer a female student to Capricorn TVET College because she was threatened by the same person (Moabi).
“The lady was so scared that I had to transfer her for her safety,” said Ngobeni.
Masemola thanked the SAPS for the swift arrest of Moabi on the same day he allegedly killed Tshidi.
He said it was devastating that women get murdered by people close to them – in the country and particularly in Limpopo where a spade of women murders by their intimate partners was reported lately.
A memorial service was held at the college on Thursday and a family member of Tshidi shared horrific details leading to her death.
Tshidi was buried at Seleka on Sunday.
Moabi is in custody until 27 February for formal bail application.