Everson Luhanga

The brutal murder of 19-year-old schoolgirl Jabulile Nkosi has rallied the people of Alexandra into rising up against violent crime in the township. 

Learners from five different high schools in Alex marched to the courthouse yesterday where the 25-year-old man accused of murdering the 19-year-old Nkosi was appearing.

The scholars and community members carried placards that read #JusticeForJabulile.

Jabulile, a matric pupil at East Bank High School, was found dumped along the banks of the Jukskei River two weeks ago with three bullet holes.

The accused, a local taxi driver who is believed to be from Zimbabwe, appeared in the Alexandra Magistrates Court for the second time and was denied bail. 

Jabulile’s uncle Sipho Nkosi said the family appreciates the support they have been getting from everyone in the township. 

“We want to see people uniting against such senseless killings and completely rooting out criminal activities in our township.

“If we all act like we have since my niece died, I have faith that there will be no crime in Alexandra,” he said.

He said the family is still in shock at the untimely passing of Jabulile. “There is evidence from the camera footage near the place where Jabulile’s body was found. 

“We just hope that justice will be served and the suspect will be thrown in jail forever,” said Sipho.

A learner Dimakatso Shezi said it was sad that Jabulile’s life was cut short. “She had big dreams for her life,” said Dimakatso.

Provincial police spokesman Captain Kay Makhubele says the case was postponed to 22 October 2020. The suspect remains in custody.