Uyinene Mryetyana was murdered by a employee of SAPO who already had criminal convictions. According to internal investigations, the suspect in question was among the 174 employees with prior convictions.
When she did, she was allegedly sexually assaulted and as she fought back, her attacker knocked her out, using a scale.
It has now been revealed that the attacker had a previous conviction relating to a 1998 carjacking with an eight year sentence, of which five years were served with three years suspended.
According to IOL, these findings were made available to SAPO officials in June 2018, but the information was not disclosed to the executive and board.
The preliminary investigation and the findings confirmed that the alleged perpetrator’s employment did not follow the routine SAPO recruitment process, because his entry into SAPO was through a temporary employment agency, otherwise referred to as labour brokers. In 2012, he, among other temporary staff, was absorbed into SAPO. SAPO confirmed that at the time there was no screening of these employees as they were already in the system via labour brokers.