Hon­oured for stu­dent’s case

The Citizen (KZN) - - News -

A po­lice team has been recog­nised for crack­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the dis­ap­pear­ance of University of Cape Town stu­dent Uyinene Mr­wetyana and track­ing down her rapist and killer, Luyanda Botha.

Po­lice Min­is­ter Bheki Cele handed over a Min­istry Award to Western Cape de­tec­tives head Bri­gadier Vela Jerome Cele at the 7th SA Po­lice Ser­vice Na­tional Ex­cel­lence Awards in Port El­iz­a­beth on Sun­day.

In Novem­ber, Botha, 42, was sen­tenced to life in pri­son af­ter he pleaded guilty to rap­ing and killing Mr­wetyana on 24 August, last year.

When the first-year stu­dent went miss­ing in August, the case was as­signed to Con­sta­ble Good­will Nkonki and he worked closely with Sergeant Lutch­mee Chetty.

They es­tab­lished that Mr­wetyana vis­ited the Clareinch Post Of­fice at around 2pm on 24 August and that she was last seen by Botha, who booked off sick.

Botha later ad­mit­ted that he ar­ranged to be alone with Mr­wetyana in the locked post of­fice that day by telling her a par­cel was ready for collection.

When she did not re­spond to his sex­ual ad­vances, he used a 2kg weight – used to weigh the pack­ages re­ceived at the post of­fice – to blud­geon her.

The next day, he put her body in a large post bag in his car. At a field in Lin­gelethu West, Khayelit­sha, he dumped her body in a shal­low hole be­fore dous­ing it with petrol and set­ting it alight.

When the mat­ter was re­ported to Clare­mont po­lice, in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer Cap­tain Craig Phillips and other de­tec­tives worked with Nkonki to fig­ure out what had hap­pened.

Cele formed a pro­vin­cial team to as­sist the Clare­mont de­tec­tives task team and Botha be­came the pri­mary sus­pect. The hunt for him be­gan.

While driv­ing around on 29 August, a po­lice of­fi­cer spot­ted Botha and de­tained him for ques­tion­ing.

Botha later pointed out where he had dumped the teen’s body and he con­fessed. – News24 Wire

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