Sino death: two suspects caught

2016-03-17 06:00
 The Social Justice Coalition (SJC) will be marching to Harare SAPS soon.

The Social Justice Coalition (SJC) will be marching to Harare SAPS soon.

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The Social Justice Coalition (SJC) is staged a march on Tuesday in Khayelitsha following the rape and murder of Sinoxolo Mafevuka.

Her half-clothed body was found dumped in a toilet more than two weeks ago.

Initial reports stated that Mafevuka was 19 at the time of her death, but her mother, Nowethu Mafevuka said her daughter was born in 1995 (making her 21-years-old).

Her half-naked body was found dumped in a public toilet a few minutes’ walk from the shack where she lived with her brother. According to reports some of Mafevuka’s clothing was stuffed into the cistern.

Police visited Mafevuka’s family on Friday, 18 March and explained the investigation procedure to her. However, on Monday she said she was disappointed in the police’s work on the case.

“I first saw the police on Friday,” she said. “When we went to the police station it was obvious the police don’t really care, because I haven’t heard anything from them. For how long has my daughter been dead?”

SJC member Malwande Msongelwa explained the difficulties of living in Khayelitsha where most streets are poorly lit and visible policing is scarce.

Msongelwa compared Mafevuka’s case with that of Franziska Blöchliger who was raped and murdered in Tokai forest.

“Within two days, the perpetrators were arrested and the family was taken for counseling. When you compare it to the Khayelitsha incident, nothing happened. They are sitting not knowing what to do.

“That’s why we planned a march to Harare police station with a memorandum that asks police to accelerate the investigation and we want visible policing in informal settlements.

It is quite a distance to walk from our houses to the toilets,” she said.

Msongelwa and several other members distributed flyers about the march in Town 2 this past Monday.

“There are no CCTV cameras, the sanitation alone in Khayelitsha is a problem,” she explained.

Meanwhile police arrested two suspects on Monday and the duo, aged 21 and 26 appeared briefly at Khayelitsha Magistrates Court on Tuesday morning where their case was postponed for further investigation.

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