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Karabo Mokoena funeral: 'My little sister was so bold'

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Johannesburg – Bontle Mokoena battled to hold back the tears.

As she stood on the podium in front of hundreds of people at her younger sister Karabo's funeral service, she broke down.

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Messages of "no violence against women" took centre stage at a sombre and emotional funeral service for Karabo Mokoena on Friday at Diepkloof Multipurpose Centre in Soweto. Photo: Siphelele Dludla/ANA
"This is the hardest thing I've had to do in my life, so please bear with me," she said in a soft and mellow voice.

Bontle took to the stage at the Diepkloof Hall in Soweto on Friday to share a few words about the love she had for her sister Karabo.

"My little sister was so bold," she said. "You used to tell me you need to stand up, you need to be tall. You need to be grateful for life."

Friends and family gathered at the Diepkloof Hall to say their final goodbyes to Karabo.

The 22-year-old's burnt body was found in a veld in Lyndhurst, Johannesburg, on April 29. She was reported missing the day before.

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Among those in attendance at the funeral service was Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini , Minister of Women in the Presidency Susan Shabangu, and Health and Social Development MMC Mpho Phalatse.

Speaking at Karabo's funeral service, Dlamini said the number of women being killed was the equivalent of femicide.

"This must be a lesson to all of us. Stop politicising issues that affect us on a daily basis because we're misleading children. This abuse and violence can happen to anyone regardless of affiliation, status in society, or location," she said.

“A 22-year-old is at their prime, no one must come cut that life. Men, this must come to an end."

Karabo will be laid to rest at the Westpark Cemetery in Johannesburg on Friday.

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