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Residents gather in memory of slain Khayelitsha teen

The 19-year-old Sinoxolo Mafevuka’s body was found stuffed inside a communal toilet near her home.

The 19-year-old Sinoxolo Mafevuka’s body was found stuffed inside a communal toilet near her home in Khayelitsha. Picture: Monique Mortlock/EWN.
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CAPE TOWN - A small group of people has arrived in Khayelitsha to show their support for a young woman killed more than a week ago.

Nineteen-year-old Sinoxolo Mafevuka’s body was found stuffed inside a communal toilet near her home.

People from different areas in and around Cape Town have silently made their way towards the communal toilets where Mafevuka’s half-naked body was discovered; she’d also been raped.

Some people have brought flowers with them to place at the site.


Organiser, Kerry Nelson, says she wanted to show the Mafevuka family that there are people who care.

“I wanted to give Sinoxolo a voice and to show other people that this is what is happening in the rural areas. Why can we not all come together?”

Nelson says while she’s disappointed at the poor turn-out from the community, this is still a good start.

The door to the toilet where Mafevuka’s body was found is marked with a big red cross.

At the same time, angry Khayelitsha residents say Mafevuka’s death could have been avoided if they had better service delivery.

As a group of just over 20 people stood near the communal toilets, disgruntled community members who live nearby voiced their concerns.

Residents say they’ve been complaining about their torrid living conditions for years but nothing has changed.

They say the crime in the area is perpetuated by the filthy state of their environment.

Community leader, Siwe Coka, told residents they need to stand up to criminals instead of complaining.

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)

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