Uyinene's last moments alive: Court hears of student's tragic demise

Uyinene's last moments alive: Court hears of student's tragic demise

- Students, family and friends of Uyinene Mrwetyana filled into Court 4 in the Wynberg Magistrate's Court yesterday, some still hopeful that the young woman had been found alive

- Instead of hearing how she had been returned home, perhaps bruised and battered, attendants were told a story of rape, abuse and murder

- As the nation mourns her tragic loss, some insight has been given in the young student's last terror-filled moments alive

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Wynberg Magistrate's Court heard the heartbreaking last moments of slain UCT student Uyinene Mrwetyana yesterday. reported that Mrwetyana had gone missing on 24 August, resulting in a manhunt and nation-wide calls for her return.

IOL reports that students had waited to hear her fate, still hopeful that their friend had been found alive and well, but tears welled up when prosecutor Nomnikelo Konisi had confirmed her death.

Nene, as she was fondly dubbed, had arrived at the post office only to be told to return later due to the electricity having been off.

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When she had returned, the student found herself alone with her 42-year-old alleged predator:

“He locked the door, assaulted her and penetrated her vagina and she fought back. When he heard her screaming he took a scale inside the post office and hit her. He then dumped her body in Lingelethu West. Blood was found inside the post office and on his shoe when he was arrested.”

SowetanLIVE reports that NPA Western Cape spokesperson Eric Ntabazalila had revealed that the suspect, who has confessed to the murder, was hired by the Post Office despite a previous criminal conviction:

"He's got a record of armed robbery, or what is called robbery with aggravating circumstances. There is also a case of rape that he had, but it was withdrawn. I don't have circumstances why it was withdrawn."

With citizens alarmed by the recent violence against women, a petition to bring back the death penalty has been met with overwhelming support, with almost 300 000 signatures in less than 24 hours.

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