Luyanda Botha sentenced to 3 life terms in prison for Uyinene Mrwetyana’s murder

A 42-year-old South African man accused of raping and killing 19-year-old Uyinene Mrwetyana has pleaded guilty to all charges and has been sentenced to 3 life terms in prison.

Luyanda Botha, a former Post Office Clerk appeared before a Western Cape High court judge on Friday 15 November 2019 pleaded guilty of raping the UCT student before hitting her head with a scale on 24 August 2019.

In his plea documents read on his behalf Botha narrated how he sexually assaulted Uyinene, he tried to strangle her to death but it did not work, he then used a 2KG scale to bludgeon her to death. He then locked the body inside a safe in the Post Office and went to a nearby alcohol shop to consume alcohol.

Luyanda Botha later went back to the post office to collect the body and went to bury it in a shallow grave. He also burnt the body to destroy any evidence.

The 42-year-old will now spend his life in prison and will not be eligible for parole until he has served at least 25 years of his sentence.

Although some people feel that justice has been served there are others who want the state to impose the death penalty on him.


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