Uyinene Mrwetyana's rapist, murderer sentenced to life in prison

Uyinene Mrwetyana's rapist, murderer sentenced to life in prison

Post office worker Luyanda Botha was found guilty on four counts including rape, murder and obstructing the administration of justice and sentenced to three life sentences and five years for obstruction of justice.

Botha faces two counts of rape, one count of murder and one of defeating the ends of justice.

"I do not have anything verbal but I have organised something in writing that will go to the family of Uyinene as well as to the rest of South Africa but I will ask my lawyer to handle that", Botha said.

Mrwetyana's family were in court as proceedings continued, including the graphic details of Botha's plea.

Luyanda Botha, who stands accused of raping and murdering 19-year-old student Uyinene Mrwetyana, appears at Wynberg Magistrates Court on 5 November 2019.

"The parcel was not available and I told the deceased I would contact her to tell her when the parcel was available. She managed to run to the door but I caught her and knocked her to the ground".

"Though it may be cold comfort to you today, it is not without significance that she was a fighter and clearly had a fighting spirit for her life". The accused was alone inside the post office and let her in.

Blood was found inside the post office and in the man's auto. He cleaned up and waited until dark to remove her body in a large postal mail bag in his auto.

He made a full confession and led police to where he had left her body.

De Kock said no substantial and compelling circumstances existed to warrant a departure from the minimum sentence of life imprisonment.

After the brutal rape and murder of Mrwetyana, allegedly at the Clareinch Post Office in Cape Town, Ndabeni-Abrahams met with SAPO and requested a comprehensive report of its staff. This was indeed a heinous and cruel act and crime.

South Africa's Justice Minister Ronald Lamola said the sentence handed to Ms Mrwetyana's killer sends a strong message that gender-based violence and femicide "has no place in our society".

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