Today was the beginning of the Uyinene trial at Wynberg Magistrate Court and the country was hopeful that the court would have a quick trial to help the family and the nation get closure and not relive the trauma and pain of the horrific act that took place at Clare inch post office in Claremont, Cape Town on 24 August 2019 when the accused, Luyanda Botha raped and murdered 19 year old Uyinene Mrwetyana at the post office. People were hoping and anticipating a quicker resolution but the magistrate court postpone the trial to Friday, 15 November 2019 where the case will be transferred to the High Court.
Though this might be the accused first day for trial, he previously appeared in court on 02 September 2019 in front of the victim's family and live ones, where he confessed to the murder of the young girl and revealed where he dug and hid her body.
Luyanda Botha is accused of murder, two counts of rape and defeating the ends of justice. The second count of rape will be explained when the the accused is charged in the Cape Town High Court said Western Cape Director of Public Prosecutions Rodney de Kock, who will represent the state in the case.
The investigation against the accused is complete and the case is set to be transferred to the Western Cape High Court. Luyanda Botha again didn't ask for bail as he refused bail the first time he appeared in court to confess.
It has been two months since the rape and gruesome murder of Uyinene Mrwetyana but it feels like a life time ago. Have we moved on from Uyinene Mrwetyana? Have we found a new movement to protest against? Am I next? Where has it gone to?
Written By: Bongi M
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