A Cape Town woman succumbed to her injuries on Monday after being set alight by her boyfriend.
According to News24, Jacqueline Mpontsana was an experienced community safety worker who tracked police compliance regarding domestic violence, assisting victims of gender-based violence and domestic violence.
The 40-year-old died from severe injuries after being drenched in petrol, allegedly by her partner at his Gugulethu home. The two had reportedly rekindled the relationship two days prior.
Community Safety MEC Albert Fritz stated that Mpontsana’s passing was especially tragic considering her line of work and standing within the community.
“What makes her passing especially tragic is that her work entailed inspecting SAPS stations for their compliance to assist victims of domestic and gender-based violence. It is incredibly upsetting,” he stated.
“But we have to go on. We cannot surrender in the face of this scourge. We have to keep fighting, for Jackie, and for every other victim like her.”
This is not the first incident of gender-based violence within September. September 15 saw the death of a 24-year-old Hermanus mother after she was bludgeoned to death by her boyfriends, reports IOL. South Africa was also left reeling after the charred remains of Siphokazi Booi was discovered at Mbekweni station near Paarl.