Foren­sics ham­pered by wet weather

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FOREN­SICS could not dust for fin­ger­prints fully where Si­nox­olo Mafe­vuka’s body was found be­cause the scene was wet, the Western Cape High Court heard yes­ter­day.

The first in­ves­tiga­tive of­fi­cer, Cor­nelius van Niek­erk, told the court the only items tested were the door, the lid of a cis­tern and the wall of the com­mu­nal toi­let. A rape kit was also sent for anal­y­sis.

Mafe­vuka’s body was found in the com­mu­nal toi­lets at SST Block in Town Two, Khayelit­sha, on March 2 last year.

Van Niek­erk said he led the in­ves­ti­ga­tion for nine days, be­fore he was re­moved from the case be­cause he felt the com­mu­nity wasn’t open to shar­ing in­for­ma­tion with him due to his race.

How­ever, on the eve of his last day, Van Niek­erk in­ter­viewed the two ac­cused – cousins Xolisa Mafi­l­ika and Atha­bile Mafi­l­ika – as ru­mours in the com­mu­nity said they were in­volved.

But de­fence lawyer Mor­nay Calitz, for Xolisa, said Xolisa’s rights were not read to him and Xolisa al­leged he was as­saulted dur­ing ques­tion­ing.

“He was hit on the leg and I be­lieve hand­cuffs were tight­ened around his scro­tum. It was said ‘this is what you used to rape the girl’,” said Calitz.

Van Niek­erk said noth­ing like that hap­pened when he was there.

The mat­ter will be back in court on Au­gust 7. – Zo­didi Dano

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