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March planned for slain Sinoxolo Mafevuka

14 March, 06:39 PM

The Social Justice Coalition (SJC) is planning a march in Khayelitsha following the rape and murder of Sinoxolo Mafevuka. Her half-clothed body was found dumped in a toilet more than two weeks ago.

Initial reports stated Mafevuka was 19 at the time of her death but mother Nowethu Mafevuka told News24 Live her daughter was born in 1995 (making her 21-years-old). 

The woman's half-naked body was found dumped in a public toilet a few minutes' walk from the shack where she lived with her brother. According to reports some of Mafevuka's clothing was stuffed into the cistern.

Police visited Mafevuka's family on Friday, 18 March and explained the investigation procedure to her. However, on Monday she told News24 Live she was disappointed in the police's work on the case.

"I first saw the police on Friday," she said. "When we went to the police station it was obvious the police don’t really care, because I haven’t heard anything from them. For how long has my daughter been dead?"

SJC member Malwande Msongelwa explained the difficulties of living in Khayelitsha where most streets are poorly lit and visible policing is scarce. She said the coalition would deliver a memorandum to the police on Tuesday, 15 March.

Msongelwa compared Mafevuka's case with that of Franziska Blöchliger who was raped and murdered in Tokai forest. "Within two days the perpetrators were arrested and the family was taken for counseling.  When you compare it to the Khayelitsha incident, nothing happened. They are sitting not knowing what to do.

"That's why we planned a march to Harare police station with a memorandum that asks police to accelerate the investigation and we want visible policing in informal settlements. It is quite a distance to walk from our houses to the toilets," she said.

Msongelwa and several other members distributed flyers about the march in Town 2 on Monday, 14 March 2016. There are no CCTV cameras, the sanitation alone in Khayelitsha is a problem," she explained.

Police spokesperson Constable Noloyiso Rwexana said two men were arrested in a breakthrough on Monday afternoon. The news came 13 days after Mafevuka's body was found. The suspects were due to appear in the Khayelitsha Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

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