The community of Alexandra in Gauteng says it is in shock after a 48-year-old woman was raped and killed.

Barbara Zwane’s body was found half naked in a toilet on Thursday morning.

Used condoms and shoe strings were found at the scene, which suggests that she might have been strangled to death.

Zwane’s boyfriend Tshepiso says he was on a night shift duty when his lover was brutally murdered.

“She came to me at work asking for money that was the last time I saw her alive,” he says.

Alexandra police station commander Brigadier Lindiwe Magudulela has confirmed the crime and says they are investigating.

The rape and murder of women and children remain a thorn on the side of the post-apartheid government in South Africa, despite various efforts to end the scourge.

According to a 2009 study by the University of Cape Town’s Children’s Institute, rape-murder is not a rate occurrence in South Africa with 494 of women murdered and 104 of the child murders that year linked to rape. It says the rape-murder rate for adult women is similar to the overall global murder rate of adult women.  

Strangulation was among the most common manner of death in cases of rape-murder for adult females and the most common for children. The author of this article – Given Motswiane – works for the Alex Reporter.