He opted not to apply for bail. Botha had also confessed to the crimes. From the public gallery the news was met with rumbles of discontent, as some members of the crowd hoped he would be granted bail so they could “deal with him”.
The young student had gone to the post office to check whether a parcel she was expecting had arrived. Botha told her to come back later, claiming he could not access the post office’s system. When she returned later,the accused attacked her. Her burnt remains were found in Khayelitsha.
At her funeral in September, Police Minister, Bheki Cele, told mourners that Mrwetyana fought back while she was raped and was subsequently bludgeoned to death.
According to Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions Advocate, Bonnie Currie-Gamwo, the Mrwetyana family did not attend court yesterday (Tuesday), but would be present for the High Court proceedings.
At her daughter’s funeral, Nomangwane Mrwetyana asked for forgiveness, saying: “I am sorry that I warned you about all other places, but not the Post Office. I am sorry I was not there to protect you and fight for you, my girl.”
Source: Daily Maverick
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