Cousins on trial for Sinoxolo Mafevuka murder to hear fate this month

2017-12-01 12:26
Xolisa and Athabile Mafilika returned to Khayelitsha as part of their rape, murder trial. (Jenna Etheridge, News24)

Xolisa and Athabile Mafilika returned to Khayelitsha as part of their rape, murder trial. (Jenna Etheridge, News24)

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Cape Town – Two cousins accused of the murder of Khayelitsha teen Sinoxolo Mafevuka will know their fate within this month.

News24 on Friday reported that judgment in the case against Xolisa and Athabile Mafilika was expected to be handed down on December 1. It is, in fact, expected on December 18, the State has clarified.

We apologise for the error.

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Mafevuka was found dead in a communal toilet in SST 2 Block, Town Two, on March 2, 2016. A post-mortem confirmed that she had been strangled.

The 19-year-old’s naked body was found slumped over a toilet. Her clothes had been stuffed into the cistern, and water from the leaking toilet is believed to have washed DNA evidence away.

Police believe the two accused had been angry after Mafevuka had, days before her murder, left a Khayelitsha tavern with another man. This, while their cousin was making plans to marry her.

In October, their application to have the case against them discharged was rejected.

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The cousins applied in terms of Section 174 of the Criminal Procedure Act, which may be invoked if it is alleged that there is no possibility of a conviction, or that evidence by State witnesses is of such a poor quality that it cannot safely be relied upon.

The application was made over apparent contradictory evidence, after the prosecution closed its case against them.

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