Shepherd due in court for Eastern Cape schoolgirl's murder

2017-06-15 06:29

Cape Town – A shepherd will appear in the Butterworth Magistrate's Court on Thursday on a charge of killing 19-year-old Eastern Cape school pupil Nandipha Mtuzula.

Mtuzula disappeared on the morning of May 13 and was last seen at her home in Ngobozi village, Butterworth, in her school uniform.

A search party was launched and her picture was circulated with an appeal for information on her whereabouts.

Her body was found in a shallow grave along a river bank in a forest, not far from her school, Cunningham Secondary.

Eastern Cape police spokesperson Captain Jackson Manatha said they arrested the 30-year-old man in Toleni Village, Butterworth, on Tuesday. Police would establish if he could be linked to other crimes in the area.

Eastern Cape police commissioner, Lt-Gen Liziwe Ntshinga said the safety of women and children was a top priority for police.

"The non-stop investigation of such cases is in line with our back to basics policing approach which requires efficient and responsive investigation of crime, utilising all resources at our disposal to ensure that offenders are brought to book," she said.

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