Sotyu condemns cops for giving more attention to Tokai murder case

She says police have given unequal attention to investigations into the Khayelitsha & Tokai murders.

Deputy Police Minister Maggie Sotyu with Sinoxolo Mafevuka's mother Nowethu Mafevuka. Picture: Monique Mortlock/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Deputy Police Minister Maggie Sotyu claims police have given less attention to the murder of a Khayelitsha woman compared to the murder of a 16-year-old girl in Tokai Forest.

Sotyu is in Khayelitsha today to discuss the investigation into the murder of 19-year old Sinoxolo Mafevuka, whose body was discovered in a communal toilet there last week.

She has also criticised the media for giving more attention to the murder of Franziska Blöchliger in Tokai Forest on Monday.

The deputy minister says police have given unequal attention to investigations into the murders of Mafevuka and Blöchliger.

"No one knew about Sinoxolo. No one knew there is a similar case in Khayelitsha."

Sotyu also says there has been widespread media coverage of Blöchliger's murder, but little to no coverage of Mafevuka's killing.

"They came up with arrests of three suspects in the other case in Tokai but we didn't hear anything about arrests for Sinoxolo."

Three people have been arrested in connection with Blöchliger's death, but police have yet to make a breakthrough in Mafevuka's murder case.

Khayelitsha cluster commander Johan Brand says the investigation into the 19-year-old's murder is receiving the attention it deserves.