Members of the Social Justice Coalition’s (SJC) Safety and Justice Programme staged a march outside the Khayelitsha Magistrate’s Court on Friday as two suspects appeared for the killing of Sinoxolo Mafevuka.
Mafevuka’s lifeless and naked body was found in a toilet in SST Section early this year. The suspects, Axolisa Mafilika, 21 and Athabile Mafilika, 26, cousins of the deceased’s former boyfriend, were denied bail and their case was transfered to the Cape Town High Court where they will now appear, from 2 September.
Magistrate Xolani Menyiwe presided over the appearance.
Nomthetho Kilo of the SJC, said their protest was to show support to victims of gender based violence and their families.
Kilo said they were feeling confident that justice will be served since the case is now transferred to Western Cape High Court.
“We are now happy about the prospects of the case. It has been postponed eleven times before.
We will ensure that we support the family till the end of the case.
Cases of gender based violence happen every time in our areas. We want them to stop now. We demand that police increase patrols in our areas.
We understand that police do not have enough resources here. We say the recommendations of the (Commission of Inquiry into policing) commission must be implemented. Investigation of the cases must be in high standard.
The Apartheid system is still in operation in our townships, because we do not have resources,” Kilo said.
The relatives of the late Mafevuka were not seen in court, and City Vision could not get their comment as their cell number was always on voice mail.
Other members of SJC protested at Western Cape High Court during the appearance of four suspects in the case of Bongiwe Ninini, the young woman who was assaulted, killed and her body dumped in an uncovered drain in an open field not far from Site C, about a year ago. Two of the accused, Melikhaya Mguselo and Masithembe Solontsi have previously pleaded guilty to the charges.