- When a 42-year-old man allegedly confessed to the murder of Uyinene Mrwetyana, Mzansi demanded to know who had been the cause of so much trauma
- While citizens took to social media to expose the suspect, revealing his identity has the potential to inadvertently jeopardise the case
- Briefly.co.za explains why and how prematurely exposing the suspected killer could land a person in hot water legally
Uyinene Mrwetyana's face is etched onto the conscience of the nation so it comes as no surprise that people demanded to know who was responsible for her murder.
A post office worker had admitted to bludgeoning the UCT student to death with a scale after he violated her, and then burying her body.
Numerous citizens took to social media to expose his identity, reports The Sowetan.
Briefly.co.za takes a look at why this is illegal and how it could potentially thwart the highly sought-after justice this case deserves.
Serious legal consequences await those who reveal the identity of a suspected killer before an identity parade has been carried out.
According to Wikipedia, an identity parade is a line-up of suspects allowing for witnesses to the crime to confirm who the perpetrator was. If the identity of the suspect is leaked beforehand, the exercise will hold no weight in court.
While a confession has already been given, this parade will serve to solidify the case against the accused. Journalists and citizens alike risk charges of contempt of court, resulting in either a fine or imprisonment.
With the matter postponed until November 5, South Africa is chomping at the bit for justice, but patience could be the difference between a conviction or freedom for the man who robbed us of Uyinene.
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