Mrwetyana family: Botha’s crime classic act of man’s inhumanity

"Uyinene the women of this country are not ok, young girls are not ok, we are a bleeding country."
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The family of slain student Uyinene Mrwetyana today welcomed the three life terms handed down to her rapist and killer Luyanda Botha saying they did not believe his confession meant he was remorseful.

Her uncle Vuyani Mrwetyana said outside the Western Cape High Court that Botha only confessed and pointed out where he raped and killed his 19-year-old niece after realising the police had found where he buried and set alight her body.

Mrwetyana said the family did not have any sympathy for him. His crime was a classic act of man’s inhumanity.

According to the Cape Argus  Botha said in court that he had written something for the family, which would be handed to them by his lawyer.

Asked for his reaction on the letter, Vuyani said given the circumstances they did not have the time to listen.

After hearing Botha’s plea that he met Mrwetyana two weeks earlier and organised to be alone with her, Vuyani said it was quite clear that he had lured his niece to the Clareinch post office in Claremont on August 24 and the family wondered if the accused had done this before

He described the plea and sentencing agreement as a “pocket of excellence on the part of the criminal justice system” that they appreciated, even though it wouldn’t bring their loved one back.

Mrwetyana’s mother Nomangwane said in a family statement Uyinene’s sudden death had left an everlasting void for her, her husband and their son Esona.

“We are hopeful that Nene’s murder is not in vain… the foundation and scholarship in your honour will help us further your great deeds and we shall impact young lives who will go on to spread the love to the world over.”

The family had full confidence in the justice system.

“We are not okay without you Bhelekazi. We cannot be. Your friends who have become family are not okay Nene, the women of this country are not ok, young girls are not ok, we are a bleeding country.”

More: News24

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