Photo Cred: My Girl Pearl Instagram

A South African started an initiative called “My Girl Pearl” in memory of her friend… and to look after the kids left behind.


Johannesburg, South Africa (11 April 2022) – On the 3rd of August 2020, Hlengiwe “Pearl” Msimango was tragically shot and killed in Johannesburg. The heartbreaking news shocked her friends and family, but one friend knew she had to do something in memory of Pearl and to look after the kids.

Provincial police spokesperson Captain Kay Makhubele confirmed that a murder charge had been laid against Msimango’s fiancé, and the case was with the National Prosecuting Authority. He was arrested, and his hearing is scheduled for today – 11 April 2022 – in the Johannesburg High Court.

“His public claims that he reached for his firearm when he thought an intruder had broken into their home have outrightly been rejected by Pearl’s friends and family, who insist that he has a record of violence against women and that he deliberately shot and killed Pearl.” – Ulrich Roux & Associates.

Pearl left behind two beautiful children; a three-year-old little girl who witnessed her mother’s death and an 8-month-old little boy who was crazy about his beautiful mommy. Pearl’s daughter is currently in counselling to address the horrific incident she endured. Pearl’s two children are currently being cared for by a relative. One of Pearl’s dear friends, KT Swart, started the “My Girl Pearl” initiative on Instagram to raise funds for Pearl’s children by selling beautiful, personalised bracelets.

Each bracelet is lovingly handmade by KT with a pearl in remembrance of her beauty and shine.

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Hlengiwe “Pearl” Msimango and her child | Photo Cred: My Girl Pearl Instagram

KT has also set up a crowdfunding page to allow the public to donate funds for the kids.

“I am sure there are many out there, like me, who would like to donate to this cause in an attempt to positively impact the lives of these two precious children who have already dealt with so much.”

This will be an ongoing initiative as Pearl’s kids will require support until they are legal adults. KT is managing these funds to ensure schooling, books, school supplies, clothing, food etc., have been taken care of.

“My dream is to see Pearl’s children finish university and lead happy, independent, successful lives, which is what Pearl would’ve wanted. She was a vibrant soul who brought joy to everyone she encountered.”

Please support KT’s plight to change the trajectory of these children’s lives and to keep Pearl’s memory alive.

Sources: KT | Backabuddy 
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