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Accused in Khayelitsha teen murder to plead not guilty

The two accused, who are related, appeared in court for the murder of Sinoxolo Mafevuka two weeks ago.

The Social Justice Coalition organised a march in the wake of Sinoxolo Mafevuka's murder to highlight policing issues in Khayelitsha on 15 March 2016. Picture: Aletta Harrison/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The lawyer representing two men accused of the rape and murder of a Khayelitsha teenager said his clients intend pleading not guilty to all charges against them.

Yesterday the two accused, who are apparently related, appeared in court for the killing of 19-year-old Sinoxolo Mafevuka two weeks ago.

They were taken into custody earlier this week.

Defence lawyer Thabo Nogemane said his clients need to be protected from public scrutiny.

During their brief court appearance yesterday in Khayelitsha, the magistrate requested their names and addresses not be revealed for security reasons.

Nogemane said they will be pleading not guilty.

"As of my consultation with them, there's no pending or previous convictions."

He said they will be applying for bail when they appear in court next Thursday.

Outside court, two demonstrations took place, one by angry community members calling for "No bail for the accused", and a march led by the Social Justice Coalition calling for more visible policing in the area.

Demonstrators handed over a memorandum to police listing their demands, which include better management of police resources.

Last week, police indicated the forensic investigation was at an advanced stage amid claims they were not giving the case enough attention.

The SJC coalition and its allies marched on the Harare Police Station.

Inside, the courtroom was packed with Mafevuka's family and friends.

Relatives of the two accused also came to support.

The matter has been postponed to next Thursday.