Uyinene’s alleged killer burn her body, then buried her in shallow grave

According to Police Minister Bheki Cele, Uyinene Mrwetyana’s alleged killer apparently burnt her body and then buried her in a shallow grave after raping and killing her inside the Clareinch Post Office in Claremont, reported by News24.

Cele revealed the details at the 19-year-old UCT student’s funeral in East London on Saturday.

He painted the gruesome picture of what happened to the first-year student on August 24 at the post office when she went back to enquire about a parcel after operating hours, at the suggestion of the 42-year-old employee.

Uyinene’s alleged killer burn her body, the buried her in shallow grave

“The little girl comes for her parcel, the guy tells her to back later. I’ve heard already that other women have been told to do the same, so the modus operandi of this guy is almost the same,” Cele said.

“The young lady… indeed comes back, with all the innocence in the world but she begins to realise that there is a problem here. This guy attacks this young woman, this young woman fights, she fought back heavily, parents. She fights, and for some reason, she loses footing, and he rapes her.”

Cele told the crowd that in the middle of the attack, Mrwetyana managed to rise and continue to fight, until he reached for a heavy object and used it to bludgeon her to death with it.

“This story is told by the perpetrator when he confesses…”

“He realises what he has done, he buys some liquor and drinks it because he doesn’t know what to do. He wraps the young, beautiful body in his boot and goes and buys things to burn the body. Takes the body out, burns the body and digs a shallow grave and puts this beautiful [child’s] whole future in the grave.”

Mrwetyana’s remains were found in Lingelethu West, Khayelitsha a few  days after she was last seen alive.

The SA Post Office (Sapo) on Saturday revealed that a preliminary investigation into the employee found that his criminal record was known to officials in 2018 already.

The 42-year-old had a conviction relating to a 1998 carjacking with an eight-year sentence, of which five were served with three suspended.

“These findings were made available to Sapo officials in June 2018, however, the information was not disclosed to the Executive and Board,” Sapo board member Charles Nwaila said in a statement.

Cele also revealed at the funeral that the man had an attempted rape case against him, which was subsequently withdrawn. The man allegedly attempted to rape a woman at a nursing home while there to visit his girlfriend.

Minister of Higher Education Buti Manamela, who attended both Mrwetyana’s memorial at UCT as well as her funeral, said he wished he was speaking at her graduation instead.

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