New plans for Clareinch

2019-12-10 06:01
The Clareinch post office where Uyinene Mrwetyana was murdered. (Tammy Petersen)

The Clareinch post office where Uyinene Mrwetyana was murdered. (Tammy Petersen)

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The South African Post Office says it is considering the possibility of converting the Clareinch post office in Claremont into a wellness centre.

The post office located on the corner of Lansdowne Road and 2nd Avenue became a crime scene on Saturday 24 August when post office worker Luyanda Botha (42) raped and murdered University of Cape Town student Uyinene Mrwetyana (19) after hours.

News24 reported that Uyinene’s mother, Nomangwane, shared the family’s long-term goal to convert the post office “from a place of trauma to a place of healing” at the launch of the Uyinene Mrwetyana Foundation in Makhanda, Eastern Cape, on Friday 29 November.

Speaking to EWN, Nomangwane said it envisaged that the wellness facility would provide holistic support to survivors of gender-based violence and for it to not be associated with the brutal murder.

Emma Tshatsinde, spokesperson for SA Post Office has told People’s Post that the minister of communications and digital technology, Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams is planning to visit the Mrwetyana family. More details should be available after the visit.

But for now, the Clareinch post office remains open.

The post office was closed a day before Botha’s arrest (30 August) and again reopened on 27 September.

He was found guilty and handed three life sentences at the Western Cape High Court on Friday 15 November. He will only be eligible for parole in 25 years.

Tshatsinde says operations are back to normal at the post office after interventions to help employees through the trauma, including professional counselling and a cleansing ceremony.

“The security measures at SA Post Office branches are being progressively upgraded to include electronic security and surveillance equipment and the level of physical guarding has been increased. This applies to all branches countrywide,” Tshatsinde says.

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