South Africans are on edge right now following the murder and dismembering of a young woman by a man she called her boyfriend.
Nosicelo, 23, said to be an LLB student at Fort Hare, was brutalized and murdered by her boyfriend Alutha Pasile (25) in what has been described as one of the worst instances of gender-based violence (GBV) in South Africa. He had reportedly accused her of cheating.
On the day of the incident, as she was being brutalized, Nosicelo had reportedly begged her boyfriend to stop as well as cried for help from outsiders. But no help came. Those who heard her scream had reportedly claimed they thought the noise was the couple’s “usual quarrels.”
It would have been live every other incident of GBV in which someone died, except that the killer chopped Nosicelo’s body into bits, packed them into a suitcase, and dumped them along Fleet Street, close to where he lives. South Africa has seen an alarming spike in cases of GBV.
Aluth Pasile, 25, the alleged murderer
On social media, South Africans are angry and have begun an advocacy, using the hashtag #JusticeForNosicelo, to ensure her murderer is punished. Among those who have joined the advocacy is “Power” singer Amanda Black.
She described herself as sick and numb over Nosicelo’s murder, which said was brutal. To her, there’s an ongoing war against women and it’s deafening. You can check out her tweet below.
Sick sick sick! 💔 I’m numb, so brutal, unnecessary, senseless. The war against women is deafening. #JusticeForNosicelo
— MaHlathi 👑 (@AmandaBlackSA) August 20, 2021
Other Twitter users narrated their own experiences while also calling for justice for the murdered.
My neighbor killed his girlfriend and chopped her body parts and placed them in two suitcases and went to dump them at the entrance of a nearby flat…
— Albert (@macboneless) August 19, 2021
Same case was happening at our flat and these guys said not on our watch we waited there reprimanding the guy till police came to break down the door . Stop saying it's between two people if u can't intervene call the cops u can do so anonymously!!! #JusticeForNosicelopic.twitter.com/xVJfdAQoNw
I'm so sorry you cried for help and no one came
I'm so sorry You begged him to Stop but he Never did💔😭
— Shawty🦋 (@BusisiweGee) August 20, 2021
I am really bothered to learn that the suspect's housemates could hear her asking for help and the noises from her beating up and thought it was their "usual fights."
The fact that no one intervened, even a knock on the door would've made a difference.#JusticeForNosicelo
— #PrEPa Pig 🏳️🌈 (@Phumlani_PrEP) August 20, 2021
Apperently, this is the guy who killed his girlfriend and chopped her body parts and placed them in two suitcases and went to dump them at the entrance of a nearby flat from where he lives. #JusticeForNosicelopic.twitter.com/jDmPsBREXF
— Chief Erican (@EricanSA) August 20, 2021