Sinoxolo murder: Leaking toilet destroyed DNA evidence

2016-05-04 18:30
Sinoxolo Mafevuka. (Thulani Gqirana, News24)

Sinoxolo Mafevuka. (Thulani Gqirana, News24)

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Cape Town - A leaking communal toilet resulted in DNA evidence in the rape and murder of Sinoxolo Mafevuka being lost, the Khayelitsha Magistrate's Court heard on Wednesday.

Investigating officer Constable Isaac Tshabalala testified that the 19-year-old's naked body was found sprawled over the seat, with water overflowing from the cistern.

Her clothes, as well as a jersey which did not belong to her, were strewn at the scene and taken for DNA analysis.

"No foreign DNA was obtained from any of the items, only the DNA of the victim," he said.

"A male partial profile was found on the jersey, but not one that was useable. The clothes had been soaking in water and a lot of evidence was washed away."

Shocked murmurs spread through the court when the photos of the scene were described.

Mafevuka's body had been positioned in such a way that her genitals were clearly visible, while her head was stuck under the toilet cistern.

She was last seen the night before her body was found in March near the suspects shack. Earlier she was trying to find someone to accompany her to the communal ablution facilities.

The two accused - aged 22 and 26 - are cousins of Mafevuka's boyfriend, who had gone in search of her days before her murder after she left a local tavern with another man, Tshabalala testified.

The cousins and boyfriend had spent a night, two days before her murder, searching for the teenager and had confronted her when they found her the next day, he said during their bail application.

They later confronted the man she had left with and tried to assault him, but he fled, Tshabalala said.

Mafevuka and her boyfriend apparently later made up.

On the morning her body was found, the two cousins had allegedly told another relative that they "did something" to her.

The relative told Mafevuka's boyfriend, who then told the police, Tshabalala said.

However, the family of the accused had visited the relative's home and caused a "commotion", which resulted in the police visiting the scene. The authorities have not seen him since.

Tshabalala said the relative had not yet given a formal statement.

"[Since the commotion], he is still running. We can't locate him."

He also told the court that the accused's family had gone from door to door in their community, asking who had given the police information implicating the cousins.

The case was postponed until May 9.


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