GEORGE NEWS - The Parkdene community is reeling in shock after one of their own, Rencia Jafta (37), was allegedly killed by her boyfriend last weekend.
Jafta's body was found in a structure in Bison Close on Sunday. She had sustained a head wound and it is thought that she was attacked with a blunt object. According to Conville police station commander, Col AB Kriga, Jafta's father reported her missing on Saturday 13 July.
"Her body was found under a bed on Sunday afternoon by members of the community who had forced entry to the structure. She was wrapped in blankets," says Kriga.
Jafta's boyfriend, Grant Robertson (33), in whose informal home Jafta's body was found, was arrested in connection with her murder later on Sunday. He appeared in the George Magistrate's Court on charge of murder on Tuesday 16 July. The case was postponed until next Tuesday, 23 July. He remains in custody.
She was loved
The death of Jafta, who went to school at Parkdene High, comes as a huge shock for her parents. "Parents should not have to bury their child, especially not under such circumstances. The whole community is in shock. She was widely loved and we will miss her terribly. We never received any complaints about her. Everybody always said only good things about her. She was a good child with good manners and a wonderful mother for her daughter," Benjamin Jafta, Rencia's father, told the paper.
He thanks the community for their support and the huge number of encouraging and comforting messages. Jafta's son, Qwinn, celebrated his birthday on Thursday 18 July, Mandela Day. "She promised to buy him a bicycle for his 17th birthday and now she isn't here. We miss her," said her father.
A house service will be held at her parents' home in Snake Street on Saturday 27 July, followed by a memorial service at the Parkdene High School hall at 11:00.
Jafta leaves behind her parents, Benjamin and Rina Jafta, her brother Bronwill, sister Celeste Jacobs and her son, Qwinn.
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