Sentencing of Wits University student's killer postponed

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Asithandile Zozo was murdered.
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  • Sentencing procedures have been postponed in a case related to the murder of first-year Wits University student Asithandile Kwasa Zozo.
  • Zozo, 19, was found in a pool of blood in August 2020 after her ex-boyfriend Viwe Rulumeni stabbed her four times in the upper body.
  • The sentencing has been postponed due to an outstanding report.

The sentencing of the killer of first-year Wits University student Asithandile Kwasa Zozo, 19, has been postponed in the Dutywa Magistrate's Court in the Eastern Cape.

Viwe Rulumeni, 22, made a brief appearance on Wednesday.

The case was postponed to 30 April for sentencing. He will remain in custody after abandoning his bail bid last year in light of mounting anger from residents.

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National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Luxolo Tyali said sentencing was postponed due to an outstanding report.

Rulumeni, Zozo's ex-boyfriend, pleaded guilty to the murder of the student in 2020.

Zozo's body was found in a pool of blood on 17 August 2020 with four stab wounds to the upper body.

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The incident happened at Zozo's flat in Butterworth, allegedly in full view of her 11-year-old sister and their young cousin.

The killing sparked widespread condemnation.

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Zozo's father, Mlungisi Zozo, the principal of Zwelidumile High School in Dutywa, expressed disappointment over the delays in sentencing.

He said he hoped sentencing procedures would not be postponed again.

"We will finally find closure when this boy is sentenced. These postponements are causing more damage. As a family, we can't move forward with our lives at all being constantly reminded about this case. We plead with the justice department to move with speed and purpose to finalise this matter."

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