Tragedy Strikes: Cape Town Woman Dies After Horrific Attack


In a heart-wrenching incident that has left our community in shock, a dedicated community safety worker lost her life after a brutal act of violence. Jacqueline Mpontsana, a 40-year-old woman who had tirelessly worked to protect victims of domestic and gender-based violence, succumbed to her injuries after being doused with petrol and set alight by her partner. The tragedy unfolded on Monday at their home in Gugulethu, Cape Town.

A Life Devoted to Safety

Jacqueline Mpontsana was no ordinary woman. For 16 years, she had served in the Department of Community Safety, dedicating her professional career to ensuring the safety and well-being of others. Her role involved monitoring police compliance with regard to domestic violence cases. She inspected SAPS stations, ensuring they provided effective assistance to victims in need. Her commitment to this cause was unwavering, and her colleagues admired her dedication.

The Fateful Reunion

Last Friday, Jacqueline reunited with her former boyfriend. Little did she know that this reunion would lead to her tragic end. On Monday, she suffered severe burns after her partner allegedly doused her with petrol during a domestic dispute. Despite her wounds, she fought for her life, but ultimately succumbed to her injuries. Her partner fled the scene, leaving her colleagues and loved ones devastated.

A Shocking Loss

Community Safety MEC Albert Fritz expressed his grief over Jacqueline’s murder. He emphasized the tragedy of losing someone who had worked tirelessly to protect others. “What makes her passing especially tragic,” he said, “is that her work involved inspecting SAPS stations for compliance in assisting victims of domestic and gender-based violence. It is incredibly upsetting.”

A Call to Action

As we mourn the loss of Jacqueline Mpontsana, we must also recognize the urgent need for change. Domestic violence continues to plague our society, claiming lives and leaving families shattered. We cannot surrender to this scourge. Instead, we must keep fighting—for Jackie and for every victim like her.

Remembering Jacqueline

Jacqueline Mpontsana’s colleagues are organizing a memorial service to honor her memory. They remember her as a compassionate advocate, a fierce protector, and a woman who believed in justice. Let us join together to ensure that the perpetrator of this heinous act faces justice. Our women and children deserve to live in a safe environment, free from violence.


Jacqueline Mpontsana’s tragic death serves as a stark reminder of the work that remains ahead. We must stand united against domestic violence, supporting victims and holding perpetrators accountable. May her legacy inspire us to create a safer world for all.

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