Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition)

Suspect confesses to killing Atoli

Rights organisati­on calls for lengthy sentence

- ASANDA SOKANYILE asanda.sokanyile@inl.co.za (ANA)

THE MAN accused of killing Nomvuzo Atoli has confessed that he repeatedly hit her on her head with a brick, the prosecutio­n said in court.

Sive Mpafa, 29, appeared briefly in the Athlone Magistrate’s Court one day before the 22-year-old woman was set to be laid to rest in her home town of Cala in the Eastern Cape today.

Mpafa was nabbed last Sunday in Idutywa after fleeing the city.

Police spokespers­on Sergeant Noloyiso Rwexana said: “The suspect was arrested with the assistance of the National Interventi­on Unit Team in Mthatha in a hideout in Idutywa in the Eastern Cape on 29 August.”

Dressed in a blue overall top, grey hoodie, jeans and red sneakers, Mpafa abandoned bail shortly after he confessed to having murdered Atoli. The court heard he had followed her from where she had been hanging out with her friends in the Siyanyanze­la informal settlement in Philippi. The matter was postponed to November 3.

Mpafa was recently released from jail on another murder charge which was provisiona­lly withdrawn due to the death of a witness. According to investigat­ing officer Warren Fredericks, Mpafa has a history of violent crimes.

“He has two other pending murder cases which also include one where he ( allegedly) killed his girlfriend and another one where he (allegedly) stabbed a man to death. He also has robbery, car theft, drunk-driving and housebreak­ing cases pending.”

Atoli’s body was discovered at a landfill site in the Siyanyanze­la informal settlement on August 13.

Her cousin, Siphokazi (Atoli) told

Weekend Argus Mpafa’s arrest was bitterswee­t. “We are happy he has been caught, but him being behind bars will not bring Nomvuzo back. We want justice for her, and as a family we believe that the death penalty should be reinstated for matters of this nature,” she said.

Atoli was an aspiring musician who also had a passion for the law and hoped to become a police officer.

Ilitha Labantu, a local NGO which promotes women’s rights, welcomed the arrest and said they hoped “the

accused receives a lengthy sentence for the crime that he has committed”.

“Violence against women in South Africa has reached pandemic rates and we need to do all that’s within our power to root out this scourge,” said spokespers­on Siyabulela Monakali.

 ?? News Agency (ANA) African News Agency ?? ABOVE: Sive Mpafa, who is accused of killing her, arrives at the Athlone Magistrate’s Court yesterday. | AYANDA NDAMANE
News Agency (ANA) African News Agency ABOVE: Sive Mpafa, who is accused of killing her, arrives at the Athlone Magistrate’s Court yesterday. | AYANDA NDAMANE
 ?? | African ?? LEFT: Nomvuzo Atoli, whose body was found at a rubbish dump in Siyanyanze­la informal settlement last month, is transporte­d to the Eastern Cape.
| African LEFT: Nomvuzo Atoli, whose body was found at a rubbish dump in Siyanyanze­la informal settlement last month, is transporte­d to the Eastern Cape.

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