It was a crime that sent shockwaves across the country. Not only was she murdered, but she was then chopped up and put into a suitcase.
University of Fort Hare final law student Nosicelo Mtebeni's (23) limbs were found in a black refuse bag and a suitcase at the corner of Fleet Street and Fitzpatrick Road, Quigney in East London in August.
A suspect was arrested within a few hours and more parts were found in his possession inside room five of a 10-bedroom commune they shared with other tenants in Fleet Street.
Her family, friends and the nation called for swift justice. And they've gotten their wish.
Her murderer has pleaded guilty to the crime. In the East London High Court, Alutha Pasile (25) pleaded guilty to murder and defeating the ends of justice before Judge Michelle Beneke.
He's now been convicted of the crime.
Rianna Oelofsen, a member for the UFH GBV task team, says they are pleased with the guilty plea.
“I hope that the verdict will translate into a just sentence and that he will get the punishment he deserves. Staff and students at UFH are still traumatized by what happened, and it seems like Alutha Pasile is not even remorseful about what happened.
“This person has to be removed from society in order to prevent more trauma. The fact that it is possible for someone to commit such a heinous act, plead guilty, and not even show remorse, shows just how little the lives of women matter to some men in South Africa.”
Nosicelo was doing her final year in law and was due to graduate in April 2022.
She was buried on 4 September in Matatiele.
Regional NPA spokesperson Anelisa Ngcakani says they are glad that Alutha has co-operated by pleading guilty.
“The state accepted his guilty and now we are calling witnesses for the aggravation of sentence. We are pleased with the outcome, the process is moving very well,” she says.
In a previous interview with, Alutha's mom Siphumle Pasile shared her anguish and her wish to apologise to Nosicelo's family for her son's deeds.
For most nights Siphumle was haunted by thoughts of what her son did, she said at the time.
But all she wanted to say were three simple words – “I am sorry” – to Nosicelo’s mother, Ntombizandile.
“You give birth to a child and do your best to teach them well but they get outside influences as they grow up," she told Drum.
"I understand the pain they [Mtebeni family] are going through because I am also going through the same pain even though my son is the one who did this."