Boyfriend still being investigated for Sinoxolo's murder

2016-06-23 18:01
Sinoxolo Mafevuka (Thulani Gqirana, News24)

Sinoxolo Mafevuka (Thulani Gqirana, News24)

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Cape Town - Police have not ruled out the possibility of arresting an additional suspect as they continue investigating the murder of Khayelitsha teen Sinoxolo Mafevuka.

The 19-year-old's boyfriend was still being investigated in connection with the case, investigating officer Isaac Tshabalala told Magistrate Xolani Menyiwe in the Khayelitsha Magistrate’s Court on Thursday.

The boyfriend had told police that he had been told that Mafevuka was missing two hours after she was last seen on the night of her murder, Tshabalala said.

At that stage, he continued, no one had yet known she was missing as her family was under the impression that she was probably going to be sleeping out.

"He may have been involved in the conspiring," Tshabalala told the court, but conceded that police did not yet have enough evidence to arrest him.

The man was at work at the time of the murder and his alibi had been confirmed, he said.

"We don't have enough to place him before court. We need to treat him fairly and not prejudice him," Tshabalala told Menyiwe.

"We need to investigate this further, then we could gladly bring him kicking and screaming before the court of law."

Cross-examination in the bail proceedings of the two men accused of killing Mafevuka was concluded on Thursday.
The two accused - aged 22 and 26 - are cousins of Mafevuka's boyfriend.

The 19-year-old Mafevuka was strangled and raped. Her body was discovered in a communal toilet block in Town Two on March 2.

She was slumped naked over a toilet. Her clothes had been stuffed into the cistern. Water from the leaking toilet is believed to have washed DNA evidence away.

Tshabalala told the court he believed the men’s lives would be in danger should they be released on bail.

"The community will take the law into their own hands," he said, citing a petition from residents demanding that the duo remain behind bars.

The matter was postponed to Monday for closing arguments.

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