Raped, then mur­dered and mu­ti­lated

Langa vic­tim’s fam­ily are an­gry af­ter grue­some dis­cov­ery

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - ASANDA SOKANYILE

RES­I­DENTS of Langa’s old flats near zone 26 are still reel­ing from the loss of “bub­bly and fun-lov­ing” Unathi Mado­tyeni, whose mu­ti­lated body was found just 300m from her home.

The 33-year-old mother of two was al­legedly raped be­fore be­ing killed, and her eyes gouged out.

The grue­some dis­cov­ery was made on Mon­day morn­ing, hours af­ter Mado­tyeni left her home with friends the evening be­fore for a night out.

Her fam­ily says they are heart­bro­ken and filled with anger.

“Though we know it is un­likely that this case will be taken se­ri­ously, we are not al­lowed to take the law into our own hands any­more, and the way he took her life was very bru­tal, said Mado­tyeni’s un­cle Nt­sikelelo Mthetho.

“I would love for him to feel the same pain that he made her feel,” he added.

Mado­tyeni, who ar­rived in Cape Town in Fe­bru­ary to fur­ther her stud­ies, left her home with a friend around 6pm on Sun­day. This is ac­cord­ing to a friend, who asked to re­main anony­mous.

She re­called the last time she saw Mado­tyeni, say­ing they had met up with friends at a lo­cal tav­ern where they stayed for a few hours be­fore she told her (fe­male friend) she wanted to leave. They pro­ceeded to a friend’s home and a male ac­quain­tance ac­com­pa­nied the pair. Shortly af­ter, Mado­tyeni al­legedly de­cided to go home and the man fol­lowed her out.

Po­lice spokesman Cap­tain FC Van Wyk said a case of mur­der has been opened for in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

“The body of a woman was found in Langa with mul­ti­ple in­juries. Cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing this in­ci­dent are un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion. No- one has been ar­rested at this stage,” Van Wyk said.

Mado­tyeni’s f am­ily ap­peared up­set and distraught by the in­ci­dent, say­ing Mado­tyeni had two gashes to her fore­head, and blood stream­ing out of her one eye socket had dried up.

When Week­end Ar­gus vis­ited the fam­ily, they were head­ing to the mor­tu­ary.

Mado­tyeni’s cousin, Nolu­vuyo Booi, said those who were first to ar­rive at the scene had to dress the body.

“When she was found her jeans were pulled down to her knees and they told us her eyes had been taken out. Who does that, what kind of an an­i­mal is this guy?” she asked.

Mthetho added he could not un­der­stand why po­lice had not ar­rested the man who was last seen with his niece.

“Wit­nesses con­firmed to po­lice that he had changed his clothes but he flat out de­nied this, say­ing what he had on when he was ques­tioned was what he had on the night be­fore.

“Po­lice did not even bother to look into this. Unathi is gone and her killer is wan­der­ing the streets,” he said.

At the time Mado­tyeni’s body was found, two men ac­cused of the mur­der of Stel­len­bosch Uni­ver­sity stu­dent, Hanna Cor­nelius, were ap­pear­ing in the town’s mag­is­trate’s court – 48 hours af­ter the 21-year-old’s body was found.

The hu­man­i­ties stu­dent’s body was found just 24 hours af­ter she and a male friend had been hi­jacked. The pair were in a white VW Golf last Fri­day night, the car was later found near a farm be­tween Stel­len­bosch and Kraai­fontein.

Two weeks ago af­ter 22-yearold Johannesburg woman, Karabo Mokoena was laid to rest. Mokoena was al­legedly killed and burnt by her boyfriend.

Mado­tyeni’s fam­ily said they would be tak­ing her body back to the Eastern Cape for burial.



Bongiwe Mdudo, Nolu­vuyo Booi and Nomy­o­bose Ju­juju the fam­ily of Unathi Mado­tyeni, who was killed and raped in Langa.

Unathi Mado­tyeni

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