Cousins revisit scene of crime

2017-05-25 06:00
Cousins Xolisa and Athabile Mafilika were taken to the scene in Khayelitsha where Sinoxolo Mafevuka’s body was found. Photo: Lindile Mbontsi

Cousins Xolisa and Athabile Mafilika were taken to the scene in Khayelitsha where Sinoxolo Mafevuka’s body was found. Photo: Lindile Mbontsi

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The two cousins accused of raping and killing Khayelitsha teenager Sinoxolo Mafevuka became the centre of attention on Monday.

This comes after the Western Cape High Court delegation conducted an inspection in loco at the place where the naked body of the 19-year-old girl was found.

Sinoxolo was found in a communal toilet a few hundred metres from her home at SST section in Khayelitsha on 2 March last year.

The cousins, Xolisa and Athabile Mafilika, who are pleading not guilty to all charges against them, were heavily guarded by a number of policemen, while their hands and legs were heavily cuffed in chains.

Acting Judge Taswell Papier led the delegation after the pair’s defence advocate, Shaid Bruinders, told the court that an inspection was needed to get a clearer picture of the area.

Constable Nomampondomise Gobodo – who was first to arrive at the crime scene – pointed out that many things had changed at the murder scene.

“The toilets are no longer here. On top of this, there was water and a little bit of grass at the time but now there is gravel.”

Gobodo was attempting to paint a picture of the place at the time of the murder to the defence and the judge.

Court officials also visited the homes of the accused, as well as that of the victim.

The court learnt that one of the key witnesses lives just 9,1m away from where one of the accused used to sleep.

His place was destroyed by angry residents.

Resident Noma Zide said: “We are happy to see that justice is taking its course.”

Social Justice Coalition members were also present at the location.

Coalition leader Chumile Sali said the killing of women and children must come to an end.

. Meanwhile a 25 year old man was arested for allegedly raping a 16 year old girl who suffers Downs Syndrome.

The suspect, a Somalian, was arrested on Sunday.

The incident occurred in Kuyasa, on Saturday, at aproximately 4pm. The suspect was expected to make an appearance at Khayelitsha Magistrate court on Tuesday.

The Harare police strongly condemned the reaction of the members of the community who looted and vandalized the shop belonging to the suspect.

Residents were advised not to take the law into their own hands especially when the culprit has been apprehended, rather he should account for his crimes in court.

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