A preliminary investigation into the murder of Uyinene Mrwetyana indicates that the Post Office was aware of a criminal record against the man accused of raping and killing the student. Had they acted accordingly, perhaps her death could have been avoided.
The 42-year-old suspect who allegedly raped and murdered 19-year-old Uyinene Mrwetyana had a criminal record and the Post Office was aware of it.
The man, whose name is withheld by order of the court, failed a vetting process in 2018, along with 300 other employees, reports TimesLIVE.
He was involved in a carjacking in 1998 and received an 8-year sentence, of which he served 5 years and 3 years got suspended.
It is believed that if the Post Office acted on this information accordingly, Uyinene's could have been avoided.
According to The Citizen, Charles Nwaila, SAPO board member, said the information was not shared with the higher-ups.
"These findings were made available to SAPO officials in June 2018. However, the information was not disclosed to the Executive and Board."
Briefly.co.za could gather that the proper recruitment process was not followed when hiring the man, who reportedly claimed to have no criminal record.
An earlier report by IOL News revealed that the accused had previously shown violent behaviour.
Police Minister, Bheki Cele, said another case of attempted rape against the man was withdrawn.
He had gone to visit his girlfriend at a nursing home, but she wasn't there.
"So, while in the corridor, he sees a woman who had wrapped herself in a towel, seemingly from a shower, and started chasing her. Just imagine... he went to see his girlfriend, but starts chasing around another woman. That case was withdrawn."
Friends, family and members of the greater South African public gathered in East London to mourn the passing of Uyinene Mrwetyana on the 7th of September.
She had disappeared in August and it was subsequently revealed that a Claremont post office employee raped and bludgeoned her during broad daylight and dumped her body in a nearby township.
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