- Uyinene Mrwetyana's family feels that only the death penalty will suffice as far as Luyanda Botha is concerned
- Her mother Nomangwana has welcomed the maximum sentence imposed on the killer, but is adamant nothing will bring back her child
- This comes as three life sentences and a further five years were levied against the murderer on Friday
Luyanda Botha has been handed the harshest sentence the law could afford but relatives of UCT student Uyinene Mrwetyana feel otherwise.
Briefly.co.za reported that the Western Cape High Court had handed down sentencing after Botha entered into a plea agreement with the state.
The 19-year-old's uncle Vuyisile commented on the sentencing saying that the punishment didn't fit the crime:
“These criminals don’t care about prison; it’s like a guest house to them. A death penalty will make them think twice before committing a crime."
DispatchLIVE spoke to Mrwetyana's mother, who welcomed the ruling but lamented the loss of her beloved child:
“But I am grateful that justice prevailed on her behalf and my duty as a parent is to take forward her legacy and celebrate her life."
While the end to the debacle that held the nation's attention was finally here, there was no sense of victory.
Vuyisle says he is simply grateful that the man responsible had been apprehended so no other families had to go through the same devastation.
Botha admitted to both the rape and murder of the student in August, revealing that he had casually gone for drinks at a nearby establishment following the crimes.
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