Sinoxolo murder suspects back in court

2016-08-19 06:07

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Cape Town - Two cousins accused of murdering Khayelitsha teen Sinoxolo Mafevuka are expected to appear in the local magistrate's court on Friday.

The duo, who may not be named for their safety, were last month denied bail after Magistrate Xolani Menyiwe said he could not guarantee that their release would not jeopardise public order as the community was shocked at the young girl's violent death.

The accused, who are cousins of Mafevuka's boyfriend, are accused of raping and killing the 19-year-old on March 2 and dumping her body in a communal ablution block in the SST Block in Town Two.

A post-mortem confirmed she had been strangled. Her naked body was found slumped over a toilet.

Her clothes had been stuffed into the cistern. Water from the leaking toilet is believed to have washed DNA evidence away.

Police claim the duo had been angry after she had, days before her murder, left a Khayelitsha tavern with another man. This while their cousin - who police are still investigating - was making plans to marry her.

Menyiwe last month said the State had proven it had circumstantial and direct evidence of the two's alleged involvement, despite defence lawyer Thabo Nogemane arguing that the State's evidence against his clients was of such poor quality that no court could accept it.

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