A 19-year-old South African teenager, Uyinene Mrwetyana has been raped and killed by a postal worker in Cape Town.
According to reports, Mrwetyana, a University of Cape Town (UCT) film and media student went to a Cape Town post office to check on a package on the day of her disappearance. National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesperson Eric Ntabazalila said the electricity was out in the post office and Mrwetyana was told to return later, but when she did, she was attacked. The suspect then reportedly knocked the teen out unconscious with a scale and then sexually assaulted her.
According to The South African, the suspect indicated to investigators where Uyinene’s body was hidden and “during the court proceedings, he turned around to face the crowd and grinned slightly.” Investigators confirmed that the man admitted to raping and killing her. He also confessed to the crimes when he appeared in court on Tuesday, September 3.
Ntabazalila said the 42-year-old man, who was reportedly an employee of the post office, was previously convicted of armed robbery or robbery with aggravating circumstances. In addition, the man had a rape case opened against him, but it was later withdrawn. However, there are no answers on how the man was hired at the office with such a record. The murderer’s trial is set for November. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Uyinene’s death has since sparked outrage online with a hashtag #AmInext circulating on social media.
Meanwhile, over the last three days, the world has witnessed one of the most horrific Xenophobic attacks on Africans, especially Nigerians in South Africa by South Africans.