A person has been arrested over the deadly taking pictures of a South African feminine boxing champion.
Leighandre “Child Lee” Jegels was murdered in Mdantsane, within the nation’s Japanese Cape at about 14:00 native time (12:00 GMT) on Friday.
Officers say the suspect was identified to the 25-year-old and is a serving member of the South African Police Service.
The assault occurred throughout a automotive chase and Ms Jegels’s mom was additionally harm, native media report.
Ms Jegels had been unbeaten throughout her 9 earlier fights and was anticipated to return to the ring on 2 October for a junior bantamweight conflict.
Reviews battle on whether or not the 37-year-old suspect, who was later arrested away from the scene, was the sufferer’s present or former companion.
Unnamed sources who spoke to the DispatchLive web site alleged the boxer had a protection order against the man arrested.
Nonetheless, a police spokesman confirmed to native media that the motive gave the impression to be a “home dispute” between “the couple”.
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“It’s alleged that an off-duty policeman primarily based at TRT (Tactical Response Crew) East London fired a number of photographs at his girlfriend who died immediately on the scene,” spokesman Sontaga Seisa mentioned. “The identical policeman fired photographs to his girlfriend’s mom and injured her.”
Officers say the suspect will seem in courtroom on Monday. The case has additionally been referred to the nation’s Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) for additional investigation.
Thabiso Mosia, a sports activities broadcaster, is amongst those that have paid tribute to Ms Jegels on social media utilizing the #RIPBabyLee hashtag.
He additionally shared photos of her combating and coaching – together with images of her with Floyd Mayweather in Las Vegas in 2017.
Some social media customers have identified her loss of life comes on the finish of August, celebrated as Ladies’s Month inside South Africa, and have used it to criticise violence in opposition to girls nationally.
The official Twitter account for the country’s Department of Arts and Culture condemned Ms Jegels’ murder and described it as an “act of cowardice”.
Earlier than her loss of life Ms Jegels had additionally accomplished a Bachelor of Science diploma and was a former karate champion, native media report.
A neighborhood boxing membership supervisor, Mla Tengimfene, mentioned he met Ms Jegels hours earlier than her loss of life.
“I had breakfast together with her and we mentioned what wanted to be accomplished to stage her dramatic return,” Mr Tengimfene was quoted in The South African newspaper as saying.
“She was excited and looking out ahead to her ring return. She had been out of the ring for some time and this new enterprise excited her.”