The search for first-year University of Cape Town student Uyinene Mrwetyana has come to an end with an arrest being made by police officers.
A 42-year-old man was arrested in connection with her disappearance on Saturday but it was not until the man appeared in the Wynberg magistrate’s court on Monday where news broke that he had confessed to raping and taking the life of the nineteen-year-old student.
The state alleged that the man had bludgeoned Mrwetyana with a scale inside the post office. She had allegedly fought back but was knocked unconscious, TimesLive reported.
The Post Office was the last place Mrwetwana was known to have been seen before her disappearance.
People took to Twitter as the horrific news about her death broke.
She wasn’t drunk. She wasn’t wearing anything provocative. She wasn’t being a smart ass. She wasn’t walking around at odd hours.
She merely went to collect a package at the post office, during the day.
But she was still raped and killed.
I give up. #UyineneMrwetyana
— Lady Kuda (@LadyKuda) September 2, 2019
How do I teach my daughter that she is never safe – not inside a post office, not at school when I drop her off, not playing outside her house, not ever! Crime is out of control and our children are dying. #RIPUyinene #crime #UyineneMrwetyana
— Anél Lewis (Ally) (@metroally) September 2, 2019
I am praying for the family and peers of Uyinene. Words can’t begin to explain the horror and trauma associated with what has transpired over the past few days.
I am genuinely shattered. This is devastating. 💔 #UyineneMrwetyana
— Sam Beynon #bringNenehome (@BeynonSammy) September 2, 2019
Imagine going the post office. THE POST OFFICE!!!! 😭😭😭and not coming out alive. We are tired. All of the woman in me is tired. When is enough going to be enough? #UyineneMrwetyana
— YT: Zandile Ngobeni (@Zandile08) September 2, 2019
I legit just shed a few tears… You don’t have to have known someone personally for you to sympathize. #uyinenemrwetyana
— Zizo_Manona (Shelter4Art) (@Magnificent_Zee) September 2, 2019
I was so hopeful for her safe return.
Reading about how she was robbed of her life is heartbreaking.
My sincerest condolences to her family, friends, and all those who knew her 🙏🏽🌠❤️#UyineneMrwetyana
— Nana (@MakaziweKhumalo) September 2, 2019
— Mbuyiseni Ndlozi (@MbuyiseniNdlozi) September 2, 2019
you literally can’t make this up. men are a danger to women. a threat. it’s got absolutely nothing to do with how we dress; our conduct; the setting. it’s them. it’s the men that are simply a threat and nothing except reports of murders is being done about it. #UyineneMrwetyana
— miranda (@mirandasongo) September 2, 2019
Mrwetyana had been missing since August 24 and been at the top of the trends on social media due to her friends and family publicizing her disappearance promptly.
A missing person’s case was opened on Monday, August 26, and South African Police Services and private investigators were working around the clock to solve the case.
There were also reports of an unidentified body that had been discovered in Khayelitsha, DNA tests and an autopsy will reveal whether the body is that of Mrwetyana.