Two suspects in custody in connection with murdered Maties student's hijacked car

2017-05-28 11:07
Stellenbosch University student Hannah Cornelius was found murdered on Saturday. Picture: FACEBOOK

Stellenbosch University student Hannah Cornelius was found murdered on Saturday. Picture: FACEBOOK

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Cape Town - Two suspects are set to appear in the Stellenbosch Magistrate’s Court on Monday for allegedly being found with a car hijacked from a Stellenbosch University student who was found murdered on Saturday.

Western Cape traffic chief Kenny Africa on Sunday said that it appeared three suspects were arrested for murdering and possibly raping Cornelius.

However, police confirmed two arrests and said this was just for being in possession of the hijacked car.

It does not appear they are investigating a case of rape.

Police spokeswoman Sergeant Noloyiso Rwexana on Sunday said that Cornelius was driving a blue Volkswagen Citi Golf with a young man in Stellenbosch on Friday.

Three unidentified men had then hijacked them.

He was transported to hospital with serious injuries.

However, it was not immediately clear what had happened to Cornelius after that.

Her body was then found on Saturday at 08:30.

It was not immediately clear what had caused her death, but News24 understands injuries were visible on her body. 

'Senseless act'

The two suspects, both in their thirties, were arrested after the car was subsequently used in an armed Robbery in Northpine, between Brackenfell and Kraaifontein. 

"Our campus community is appalled and shocked by this senseless act and our hearts go out to the family and friends of the student who has lost her life and to the injured student," he said in a statement.

"We are very relieved to hear that the SAPS has arrested two suspects in connection with the hijacking.”

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