…..UCT student Uyinene Mrwetyana was raped and killed, prosecutors confirmed.
A 42-year-old man arrested in connection with the disappearance of UCT student Uyinene Mrwetyana faced charges of rape, murder and defeating the ends of justice on Monday.
Mrwetyana disappeared more than a week ago. Three private investigators joined police in an extensive search for the first year film and media student, along with distraught friends and fellow students.
Shocked friends attending the man’s first appearance at the Wynberg magistrate’s court discovered that the suspect, who cannot be named as he must attend an identity parade, was an employee at a post office – one of the places she was last seen alive.
The state alleged he had bludgeoned Mrwetyana with a scale after luring her inside inside the post office. She had allegedly fought back but was knocked unconscious.
As Mrwetyana’s friends sat in court, waiting to see the man for the first time, hopeful remarks could be overheard, with some saying they “had a feeling” they would see her again.
But their hopes were dashed when prosecutor Nomnikelo Konisi revealed that the suspect was accused of murder, rape and defeating the ends of justice.
Gasps rang out as their worst fears were confirmed. READ MORE…