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Bail application of Sinoxolo murder accused continues

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The bail application of the two men accused of the rape and murder of Sinoxolo Mafevuka, who was found dead in a toilet, is expected to take place in the Khayelitsha Magistrate’s Court on Monday.

The two people arrested are cousins of her boyfriend, and before she died they had apparently confronted her about leaving a bar with another man.

During their last appearance Investigating Officer Isaac Tshabalala told Magistrate Xolani Menyiwe in the Khayelitsha Magistrate’s Court that the 19-year-old’s boyfriend was still being investigated in connection with the case.

The boyfriend had told police that he had been told that Mafevuka was missing two hours after she was last seen on the night of her murder, Tshabalala said.

At that stage no one had yet known she was missing as her family was under the impression that she was probably going to be sleeping out.

Mafevuka’s naked body was found on the toilet with her genitals showing and her head stuck under the toilet cistern. Her clothes and a jersey that did not belong to her were strewn around the scene.

Her murder shocked the community and the police investigation came under fire when they were not getting immediate results and making arrests.

Deputy Police Minister Maggie Sotyu visited the area after her murder and demanded to know why the investigation was taking so long.

This was after the quick arrest of a group of men accused of the rape and murder of Tokai schoolgirl Franziska Blöchliger.

Tshabalala also spoke of the difficulty investigators encountered when trying to extract DNA evidence for the case because water had run over Sinoxolo’s body.

The magistrate has ordered that the cousins not be named.

[Source: News24]
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