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Uyinene Mrwetyana: Murder accused ‘officially’ named as Luyanda Botha

Post Office employee accused of raping and murdering Uyinene Mrwetyana is set to appear in court on 5 November in Cape Town.


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Post Office worker accused of raping and murdering 19-year-old Uyinene Mrewetyana in August 2019 is expected back at the Wynberg magistrate’s court on 5 November 2019 to answer for his crimes. 

According to IOL, the suspect faces charges of rape, murder and defending the ends of justice. At the suspect’s previous court appearance, magistrate Goolam Bawa ordered that the accused’s name and photograph not be published.

Bawa has since revised his earlier decision and, today, ruled that the accused may be photographed and named. South Africa now knows Mrwetyana’s suspected murderer to be Luyanda Botha.

Murder of Mrwetyana: Horrific details revealed

Mrwetyana, a film and media student at the University of Cape Town (UCT) visited the Clareinch Post Office in August, when she was told by an employee to return later that day due to the power being off. 

When she returned, the accused was the only one there and it is alleged that the employee brutally raped and then bludgeoned her to death. The man allegedly confessed to police after he was arrested and gave shocking details of Mrwetyana’s last hours before her death.

Game plan: How he planned to dispose the body

Blood was found inside the post office and in the man’s car. TimesLive reported  that police minister Bheki Cele revealed that Mrwetyana’s alleged killer apparently burnt her body and then buried her in a shallow grave after raping and killing her inside the post office.

Cele said the man, after realising what he had done, bought liquor and drank it because “he didn’t know what to do.”

“He wrapped the young, beautiful body, put it in his boot, burnt the body and dug it into a grave. The body was found before we found him,” he said.

Mrwetyana’s remains were found in Lingelethu West, Khayelitsha, a few days after she was last seen alive.

Post Office staff review over Mrwetyana murder

Communications and Digital Technologies Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams has confirmed, the man arrested for the rape and murder of UCT student Uyinene Mrwetyana has been “summarily dismissed” from the Post Office.

“As he made himself guilty of gross misconduct by intentionally misleading the organisation and stating under oath that he had never been convicted of any criminal offence,” Ndabeni-Abrahams said.

After the brutal rape and murder of Mrwetyana, allegedly at the Clareinch Post Office in Cape Town, Ndabeni-Abrahams met with SAPO and requested a comprehensive report of its staff.

She said of the 300 flagged employees, the State Security Agency further identified 174 employees who have criminal records.

“SAPO is in the process of further investigations to ascertain the appropriate actions to be taken against identified employees.”

Protesters demand justice for Mrwetyana

A group of protesters have gathered outside the court on 5 November demanding justice for the slain UCT student.

Family, students and members of the civil society, including women’s rights group Ilitha Labantu are chanting songs and holding up placards ahead of the man’s scheduled appearance in the dock at 10:00.