March planned for murdered Khayelitsha woman

2016-03-12 09:28
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Family expresses devastation over Sinoxolo Mafevuka's killing

2016-03-11 10:54

Nine days after murdered Sinoxolo Mafevuka's body was found in a communal toilet, the police visited her family. Watch.WATCH

Cape Town - The Social Justice Coalition (SJC) is organising a march in Khayelitsha to demand that the investigation into the murder of Sinoxolo Mafevuka be given the same attention as that of Tokai teenager Franziksa Blochliger.

Blochliger was raped and killed while jogging in the Tokai forest on Monday.

With the help of residents of nearby Westlake, police arrested four people who appeared in court on Friday.

They face charges of murder, rape, and robbery with aggravating circumstances.

But while Blochliger's family held a funeral service for her in St Martini's German Evangelical Church in Long Street, a call to march for Mafevuka was circulating on Twitter and Facebook.

The SJC is demanding a speedy investigation into 19-year-old Mafevuka's death while she went to use an outside toilet on March 1. She was raped and left half undressed. It is thought that she was strangled.

Some have compared the handling of the two cases saying Blochliger's death had more resources than that of Mafevuka.

The SJC will make the demand for equal attention for Mafevuka during a march from Town Two Clinic to the Harare Police  Khayelitsha from noon on Tuesday.

They also want the deployment of specialist police as was the case with Blochliger, and police visibility in informal settlements.

Malwande Msongelwa, one of the organisers, was one of the witnesses at the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry into complaints of poor policing in the vast suburb on the outskirts of the city.

The inquiry was established by the Premier of the Western Cape Helen Zille on August 24, 2012. After court challenges over whether the province had the powers to go over the heads of national government to set up the commission, the commission heard testimony and made site visits.

Its job was to investigate complaints received by the Premier relating to allegations of inefficiency of police stationed at three police stations in Khayelitsha, and other police units operating there. 

Msongelwa told the commission that her brother was left on the ground where he had been killed for at least six hours with nobody investigating the crime scene.

Police who came to the house did not get out of the car when they arrived, speaking to her through their window, she said.

On Thursday Deputy Minister of Police Maggie Sotyu gave Khayelitsha police a tongue lashing for their handling of the investigation into Mafevuka's death.

The 19-year-old's family said they had not even taken their statement yet nor had they been offered counselling.

Khayelitsha cluster commander Major General Johan Brand said the police were doing everything they could to find the person who killed Mafevuka.

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