The man accused of raping and murdering the University of Cape Town student, Uyinene Mrwetyana inside a post office, confessed to the crimes during his appearance in the Wynberg Magistrate’s Court on Monday.
The 19-year-old women was lured back to Clareinch Post Office on the afternoon of August 24 after inquiring about a parcel collection earlier that day.
The 42-year-old employee allegedly told her the power was off and she should return later.
When she returned the man was alone, he locked her inside the Post Office before raping her and then beating her to death with a set of scales.
The suspect attempted to lure another customer on a previous occasion
In a Facebook post, Alice Cropper expressed that she had recognising the suspects name on her printed till slip and that the man attempted the same modus operandi on her.
He had requested that she return to the Post Office just before closing to make a payment as the card machine was offline, however it was already 4:30pm and the Post Office would be closing in half an hour.
She asked the man to try the machine to test if it will work. When he used her card, the transaction was processed without a problem.
The suspect has previous charges
The man was charged previously after chasing a woman in a hospital in an attempt to rape her, but the case was later dropped.
He was previously sentenced to eight yours in prison for hijacking but was granted parole after four years.
The deceased’s body was dumped
The accused is reported to have placed Mrwetyana’s body in the boot of his vehicle and took it home to burn.
He realised burning the body was risky and then dumped her in Khayelitsha.
The Post Office have condemned the brutal attack
The Post Office Board were horrified by the incident and have dedicated a sub-committee to investigate the man’s appointment despite his previous conviction.
Police Minister Bheki Cele said that after looking at the accused’s profile there is little chance he will be granted bail.
The court ordered that the man’s identity not be revealed as he is required in an identity parade.