No DNA match from Iyapha’s body

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THE male DNA found on four-yearold Iyapha Yamile’s body did not match the two men ac­cused of her rape and mur­der, the Khayelit­sha Mag­is­trate’s Court heard this week.

Iyapha went miss­ing while play­ing out­side her aunt’s home in Town Two, Khayelit­sha a month ago. Her body was found in a plas­tic bag a day later. She had been raped and her body mu­ti­lated.

DNA re­sults showed a male DNA spec­i­men on the lit­tle girl’s un­der­wear and on her lower body but Thabiso Mt­shanguta and Thabo Ti­tus, pre­vi­ously ac­cused of the crimes, were set free.

Na­tional Pros­e­cut­ing Author­ity spokesper­son Eric Ntabazalila said in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the DNA found on the toddler’s body was on­go­ing but the two had to be set free as there was no ev­i­dence link­ing them to the crime.

Hu­man rights or­gan­i­sa­tion So­cial Jus­tice Coali­tion has called for po­lice ac­count­abil­ity. “We call on the South African Po­lice Ser­vice to in­ves­ti­gate the mat­ter thor­oughly and de­ploy ex­pe­ri­enced de­tec­tives, the or­gan­i­sa­tion said yes­ter­day.

The SJC will hold a march to Lin­gelethu West Po­lice Sta­tion to­day. – Staff Re­porter

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