Sinoxolo was strangled, pathologist report confirms

2016-05-19 17:27
Sinoxolo Mafevuka. (Thulani Gqirana, News24)

Sinoxolo Mafevuka. (Thulani Gqirana, News24)

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WATCH: Sinoxolo Mafevuka murder-accused are people she knew

2016-05-11 14:45

Nomthetho Kilo of the Social Justice Coalition (SJC) says the two men who stand accused of the rape and murder of Sinoxolo Mafevuka are people she knew.WATCH

Cape Town - Teenager Sinoxolo Mafevuka was strangled to death, the Khayelitsha Magistrate’s Court heard on Thursday.

Investigating officer Constable Isaac Tshabalala tesitified that the pathologist report confirmed that she was killed due to "compression of the neck structure".

He had previously told the court that her body had showed no signs of physical harm when she was found slumped naked over a communal toilet. Her clothes had been stuffed into the cistern.

An eyewitness last week approached police and gave a statement in which he claimed to have seen the two accused – cousins of Mafevuka’s boyfriend - dragging the 19-year-old towards the ablution facilities where her body was later found.

He said he knew both men, who were from the area. The witness said he had been returning from a local tavern at 00:30 on March 2 and was walking to a garage near SST Block in Town Two, when he heard a woman scream.

He hid himself behind shacks, but said he had a clear view of what was happening because there was a light close by. 

During cross-examination by the accused’s lawyer Thabo Nogemane during bail proceedings, Tshabalala said the witness didn’t know who the woman was at the time of the attack.

"He later learned it was [Sinoxolo]. He knows her from the area," the officer said.

When asked why the witness only came forward last week, two months after her murder, Tshabalala said the witness had been too scared.

Nogemane pointed out that his clients’ DNA had not been found at the scene, and Tshabalala conceded that this was indeed the case.

"No male or foreign DNA was found on the victim," he said.

It is believed that the leaking toilet washed this away.

Tshabalala further confirmed that no semen was found, arguing that the murderers could have worn condoms, although none were discovered at the scene.

The two suspects, aged 21 and 26, were arrested two weeks after the 19-year-old's body was found.

Magistrate Xolani Menyiwe postponed the matter to June 1.

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