Mystery around Uyinene Mrwetyana solved: Confession leaves SA broken

- A week-long frantic search for Uyinene Mrwetyana has culminated in the discovery of her body

- A suspect has been arrested, allegedly confessing to both raping and murdering the promising student

- The youth's family, friends and fellow students are devastated and South Africans are mourning with them

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The mystery around Uyinene Mrwetyana's disappearance has been cleared, but the truth of what happened to the bright young student has left South Africans shattered.

The curtain of uncertainty was lifted to reveal a 42-year-old man at the centre of the horror of the incident, facing charges of defeating the ends of justice, rape and murder.

A week ago, the unsuspecting woman ran a simple errand, collecting a parcel from the post office, unaware of the danger lying in wait for her, Briefly.co.za gathered.

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TimesLIVE reports that the man accused of her demise allegedly confessed to beating her to death with a scale and then burying her body.

The man responsible for her death will remain unnamed and is due back in court on the 5th of November, SABC reports.

With a frantic search and the nation praying for her safe return home, Mrwetyana's death has shaken numerous citizens, who took to social media both to lament her passing and comment on the impact of crime in South Africa.

Literally tens of thousands have taken to social media to share their messages, here are just a few reactions to the situation:

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