Luyanda Botha, the 42-year-old accused of the brutal rape and murder of Uyinene Mrwetyana, has appeared in the Wynberg Magistrate’s Court. The media is now able to name him, as well as publish his picture as he has been legally named as the accused.
The previous court order imposing the ban has been lifted, as investigations into the murder that sparked international outrage and protests concluded.
Botha stands accused of raping and murdering the 19-year-old at the Clareinch Post Office in Claremont, where he was an employee, in the beginning of August. He also stands accused of defeating the ends of justice.
Botha, who resides in Khayelitsha, appeared in the dock, and tried to hide his face several times during his court appearance.
His case has been postponed until Thursday 7 November. He has not applied for bail.
I’m just hoping the #UyineneMrwetyana trial will not be dragging on for years to come! Mr. Botha has already confessed to the rape and murder, so this should be a quick fast trial. Right? 🤔
— Lisa-Lee Solomons (@LisaLeeSolomon1) November 5, 2019
Logging in to this app and seeing her name trending again really breaks me 😔💔#UyineneMrwetyana
— Lindiwe Nkwali (@nkwali_lindiwe) November 5, 2019
— Mmasebotsana phatlane 😅 (@Gontse01876377) November 5, 2019
Praying for Uyinene’s family and friends ❤ May justice be served #UyineneMrwetyana
— Tshiamo🌈🌺 (@banetshiamo) November 5, 2019
I put this on my office door in honor & remembrance of you & all others that have died as a result of ongoing GBVF in our country. I put it up the day we mobilized in the City of CT. You are not forgotten. You & all others #UyineneMrwetyana
I & others are agitating for JUSTICE. pic.twitter.com/nJ0eMPCpSD
— Sam Beynon #FreeKanyaCekeshe (@BeynonSammy) November 5, 2019
Picture: Instagram/Uyinene Mrwetyana