10 September 2017

South Africa: Man Arrested in Court for Allegedly Killing Khayelitsha Woman

A man has been arrested for allegedly killing tourism graduate Aviwe Jam Jam in July, Western Cape police said on Sunday.

The man, 26, had appeared in the Khayelitsha Magistrate's Court on Friday for another case involving an attempted murder charge when police officers swooped on him, said Sergeant Noloyiso Rwexana.

He was expected to appear on a murder charge in the Athlone Magistrate's Court on September 20.

Jam Jam's body was found at the Vygieskraal Stadium, Athlone, on July 29, roughly 24km from her home.

Police Minister Fikile Mbalulu had visited her family home on Women's Day.

Jam Jam's aunt Nondumiso Zizi told News24 at the time that her niece had apparently left for Pretoria and that her mother was told not to look for her because she was hiding from her boyfriend.

She said Jam Jam and her boyfriend had been together for "several years" and had a 2-year-old child.

Jam Jam was in an abusive relationship, she added.

Zizi said the boyfriend had attacked Jam Jam's stepfather with a panga because he thought the family was hiding her.

The stepfather received 12 stitches as a result of the attack.

The boyfriend was arrested shortly after for assaulting the stepfather, said Mbalula.

Jam Jam attained a tourism degree from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT).

Source: News24

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