Uyinene Mrwetyana: Family takes SA Post Office to court over murder

Uyinene Mrwetyana: Family takes SA Post Office to court over murder

- The family of Uyinene Mrwetyana is taking legal action against the SA Post Office over her murder

- Acting CEO Ivumile Nongogo has confirmed receipt of a claim from the family

- This comes after Luyanda Botha managed to secure employment despite a criminal record

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Uyinene Mrwetyana's murder sent a shockwave across the nation and the tremours are still being felt today as the fight against gender-based violence continues.

News24 reports that Mrwetyana's family is moving forward with legal action against the SA Post Office over the UCT student's death at a Cape Town branch.

SA Post Office's acting CEO Ivumile Nongogo has confirmed lawyers are currently looking at the claim submitted by the family.

SABC reported that Thembelani Mrwetyana has confirmed the family had decided to take this step due to the fact that Luyanda Botha had secured employment at the state-owned entity despite a criminal record:

"We had a look at circumstances surrounding this terrible ordeal. One, it happened within a state institution building that is the South African Post Office. Two, the perpetrator is an employee of the state and then thirdly and more concerning for us, is that the South African Post Office actually knew that the perpetrator at one point was at loggerheads with the law, and yet still they decided to employ him."

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Briefly.co.za reported that Botha received a life sentence for the murder, two life sentences on two counts of rape and another five years for defeating the ends of justice.

The five-year sentence will run concurrently and Mrwetyana's killer won't be eligible for parole for 25 years.

An unsuspecting Uyeinene had been murdered and violated when she went to fetch a parcel at Clareinch Post Office.

Her body was found days later amid a national search for the student. She had been burnt and buried in a shallow grave.

Botha's prior conviction had related to a carjacking in 1998 for which he had been sentenced to eight years in prison.

Police had confirmed that he had also faced an attempted rape case but this had been withdrawn.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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