Following the announcement of Karabo Mokoena’s death on Thursday morning, condolences have been pouring in, with friends sharing some of the touching moments they had with the young woman.
The Frida Hartley Shelter for destitute women and children shared on Instagram they were “shattered” by Karabo’s death. She was passionate about working with women and frequented the shelter, they said.
“Our hearts are shattered by the death of our Friend and friend of the ladies at Frida Hartley Shelter. Karabo Mokoena was passionate about working with women and she spent time with the ladies to hear their stories while sharing her journey. Our hearts are shattered that you wont be Part of the events you helped us plan.
“You were a light that brought hope to us. We will miss your funny sense of humor and overall loving and caring spirit. To the Mokoena family, please accept our deepest condolences and may God grant you the strength during this hard time,” they said.
A video of Karabo giving a motivational talk has been shared on Twitter. In the video, Karabo encourages people to rise above their situation. “Stop playing victim, the world owes you nothing. Arise from that dark place and be something,” she said.
Watch the video below:
— Maemu Thiofhi (@thiofhilambani) May 11, 2017
She says: “People are not interested in where you come from, the don’t want to know if you’re from Soweto and that you’ve been raped, no. People just want to know how you overcame it. You can give us your problem from A to Z, but people just want to know the solution.
“You went through this, and therefore, how did you come out of it? No one wants to hear ‘mina, hayi, sono‘. Stop playing victim, the world owes you nothing. Arise from that dark place and be something.”
Karabo’s father, Tshepo, shared on Facebook she was found dead after being missing for two weeks. A 27-year-old man has since been arrested.