Khayelitsha teen murder: Investigations at an 'advanced stage'

Deputy Police Minister Maggie Sotyu has urged detectives to prioritise the case.

Sinoxolo Mafevuka body was discovered in a communal toilet in Khayelitsha. Picture; Monique Mortlock/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Deputy Police Minister Maggie Sotyu has urged detectives to prioritise their investigation into the rape and murder of a Khayelitsha youth.

Sotyu met with Khayelitsha police management yesterday to get an update on the probe into 19-year-old Sinoxolo Mafevuka's killing.

The young woman's body was found last week.

Sotyu has asked police to give more attention to the case.

"I told the police to change because you can't just communicate on one case and leave this other stage behind, even if you have no arrests people must know that there is something that they're doing. It seems as if the police didn't do that."

Sotyu has instructed police officers to do everything they can to speed up their investigation.

Khayelitsha cluster commander Major General Johan Brand says while no arrests have been made yet, police are at an advanced stage in their probe.

"In general, the Khayelitsha area is difficult to police. The distance from walking from the house to the toilets makes it difficult for a police van to patrol there. The only thing we can do is have community patrollers with us to patrol the area."

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

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