The suspect arrested in connection with the disappearance of University of Cape Town (UCT) Uyinene “Nene” Mrwetyana over the weekend, was charged with her rape and murder this morning. The 42-year-old made his first appearance in the Wynberg Magistrate’s Court this morning, and is an employee of the Clareinch Post Office.
This is the same place Mrwetyana was last seen on August 24.
He was apprehended on Friday in Claremont, nearly a week after the first-year-film and media studies student was last spotted.
As reported by News24, police believed that he would reveal more answers and give the Mrwetyana family peace of mind.
The State alleged that the 19-year-old had gone to the Clareinch Post Office to enquire about a package, but found that there was no electricity. She was told to return later. When she did, the accused sexually harassed her, and bludgeoned her with a scale when she tried to fight him off.
According to the State, he had confessed to the crime. He later allegedly admitted to where a body was buried.
Those in the public gallery called him a pig, and sobs were reportedly heard from friends and family during the proceedings.
The case was postponed to November 5.