Man accused of raping, murdering Uyinene Mrwetyana, 19, appears in Cape Town court


CAPE TOWN, November 5 – The man accused of raping and killing the University of Cape Town (UCT) student, Uyinene Mrwetyana briefly appeared at the Wynberg Magistrate’s Court in Cape Town on Tuesday.

The case was postponed to November 7. According to reports, Magistrate Goolam Bawa ruled that Luyanda Botha can be named and photographed.

The 42-year-old Post Office worker faces charges of rape, murder and defeating the ends of justice. He allegedly raped then bludgeoned the 19-year-old student to death after luring her to the Claremont post office in August.

Botha allegedly confessed to the crimes when police arrested and questioned him six days after the crime. It was also revealed that the man had a criminal record prior to his appointment at the Clareinch Post Office.

A group of protesters gathered outside the court, chanting songs and holding up placards demanding justice for the slain UCT student.

– African News Agency (ANA)