South Africa: Mrwetyana Murder-Accused Faces Threats, Insults at Court Appearance

Uyinene Mrwetyana was raped and murdered in a post office in Cape Town.
5 November 2019

Cape Town — Luyanda Botha, the man accused of the rape and murder of UCT student Uyinene Mrwetyana, has appeared in the Western Cape High Court where members in the gallery demanded he show his face. Some people shouted that the public wanted to "get him", News24 reports.

Magistrate Goolam Bawa lifted the order restricting the media from identifying him following a period of anonymity. Botha wore a hoodie to obscure his face from onlookers. During his brief appearance in court, Botha elected not to apply for bail.

Botha faces charges of murder, rape and defeating the ends of justice over the killing of Uyinene Mrwetyana whose death shocked South Africa and which spurred public awareness and government action on femicide in the country.

See What Everyone is Watching

More From: allAfrica

Don't Miss

AllAfrica publishes around 700 reports a day from more than 140 news organizations and over 500 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.