Malema visits family of murdered Khayelitsha teen

2016-05-16 17:16
EFF leader Julius Malema hears the story of Xanoxolo's death in Khayelitsha from her brother Lonwabo Mafevuka and his wife Iminathi Mafevuka. (Jenni Evans, News24)

EFF leader Julius Malema hears the story of Xanoxolo's death in Khayelitsha from her brother Lonwabo Mafevuka and his wife Iminathi Mafevuka. (Jenni Evans, News24)

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Cape Town - EFF leader Julius Malema paid his respects to the family of murdered teenager Sinoxolo Mafevuka in Khayelitsha on Monday.

"We are here to support you," Malema told Mafevuka's brother, Lonwabo, and his wife Iminathi.  

Mafevuka was found dead in a communal toilet, four minutes from her home in Khayelitsha's SST Section in March. 

His visit came as two people were expected to appear in the Khayelitsha Magistrate's Court again on Monday in connection with her murder. 

Malema sat in the modest home and asked questions about what had happened to the 19-year-old, listening intently.

The Mafevukas then took Malema and a large group of EFF supporters through the extremely narrow spaces between the shacks to the place where she was found dead in a communal toilet. 

Flies buzzed and the air was rank with the smell of faeces throughout the tightly-packed settlement.

'You can't travel to go to a toilet'

When Mafevuka was found, her head was in the toilet bowl, with the rest of her body facing the door. Her clothes were found in the cistern.

Malema called on anyone with information to approach the police. 

The EFF would also pressure the police to build a watertight case, he said. 

He looked around at the toilets and at women washing clothes at communal taps and said the party wanted to see the conditions people were living in for themselves. This was so that the party could raise it in Parliament. 

"You can't travel to go to a toilet," he said, as residents pointed to two portaloos in the distance in an isolated area. 

Residents followed him and shouted "honourable member" as he threaded his way through the settlement.

Read more on:    eff  |  julius malema  |  sinoxolo mafevuka  |  cape town  |  crime

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