A 42-year-old man is expected in court today, September 2, over the disappearance of missing UCT student Uyinene Mrwetyana, 19.
Police have been tight-lipped, releasing a statement on Saturday that said the man was arrested in Claremont and that they were awaiting the results of DNA testing to confirm the identity of a woman whose body was discovered in Khayelitsha a week ago.
The man is expected to appear at the Wynberg Magistrate’s Court where his case will likely be postponed for a week for further investigation, and a possible bail application.
Mrwetyana went missing more than a week ago after leaving her off-campus residence in Claremont and was last seen in Mowbray. The first-year Film and Media Studies student’s disappearance caused a national outcry, as supporters held prayer vigils across the country. Community Safety MEC Albert Fritz on Sunday commended the police for their swift action in arresting a suspect.
“The prevalence of gender-based violence in our society is of grave concern. As a society, we must embark on a 365-day campaign to put an immediate end to violence,” said Fritz.