Bail denied for Sinoxolo's murder accused

2016-07-01 15:36
Sinoxolo Mafevuka (File)

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Cape Town - Two cousins accused of murdering Khayelitsha teen Sinoxolo Mafevuka have been denied bail.

Magistrate Xolani Menyiwe said he could not guarantee that the release of the two men would not jeopardise public order as the community was shocked at the young girl's violent death.

During his bail judgement in the Khayelitsha Magistrate’s Court on Friday, Menyiwe said the State had proven it had circumstantial and direct evidence of the two's alleged involvement.

The case has been registered as a schedule 6 bail application which, according to the Criminal Procedure Act, means the onus is on the accused to prove special circumstances exist to justify their release.

Menyiwe ruled that the defence had not done this.

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 toilet in the SST Block in Town Two.

'Real perpetrators still at large'

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.

Defence lawyer Thabo Nogemane during closing arguments said the State's evidence against his clients was of such poor quality that no court could accept it, and that police should start looking for "the real perpetrators who are still at large".

But during bail proceedings prosecutor Ndakhele Mlungwana told the court a witness had seen the two carrying a screaming woman towards the communal toilets in Khayelitsha the morning of Mafevuka's murder.

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.

The magistrate has ordered that the cousins not be named for their safety.

The case has been postponed to August 19.

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