The family of slain Soshanguve learner, Palesa Malatji, says the 17-year-old was a bright spark who had dreams of becoming a doctor.
The matriculant’s body was found dumped near Enchebini Secondary School last week—- after she failed to return home from school.
She’d been attending extra classes at her local high school.
The teenager’s uncle, Thabiso Malatji, says the violent rape and murder of young women in his community must end with his niece.
The distraught uncle sat down with YNews at the family’s home this afternoon, as friends at family gathered to offer their condolences.
He described Palesa as a frugal young lady, who often saved her taxi money opting instead for the long walk home.
He says while grief is making it difficult, he’s fighting to remain strong for his family.
A caretaker at Echebini Secondary School accompanied YNews to the open veld where Palesa’s body was found.
He says the littered pathway is often used by local learners.
He’s pleaded with the municipality to take accountability and tidy up the area.
A memorial service for Palesa Malatji is expected to take place on Friday.
She will be laid to rest in a private funeral service over the weekend. Article by Naomi Kobbie
Written by: Lindiwe Mabena