The family of former UCT student Uyinene Mrwetyana who was raped and killed by then Post Office employee Luyanda Botha has sent its condolences to the family of ex-Capricon TVET College student Precious Ramabulana who was buried last week. Ramabulana died after she was allegedly stabbed fifty-two times and possibly raped and then robbed by Aubrey Manaka who made his first appearance in court today.
Speaking to the public broadcaster ahead of the launch of the Uyinene Mrwetyana Foundation in Makhanda at the weekend, Nomangwane Mrwetyana, mother to Uyinene said she sympathises with the Ramabulana family
“My condolences to the latest dead student’s family. I would imagine what they are going through and it is for that reason that we thought that the launch of the foundation is important.”
She added that the foundation will ensure that the fight against gender-based violence is intensified across South Africa.
“The foundation is about celebrating her life. It is about closing the chapter of the legal processes and moving forward in terms of celebrating Uyinene for who she was and obviously taking forward the fight against gender-based voice.”
President Cyril Ramaphosa visited the Ramabulana family home on Sunday where he commended the SAPS for swiftly following up leads that led them to the suspect whose next court appearance is in January next year.