Authorities to determine whether Khayelitsha murder victim was raped
The state says the victim's body was found tied up at a construction site next to the suspect’s home.
CAPE TOWN - Authorities are trying to determine whether a Khayelitsha resident whose remains were found buried was raped before she was killed.
Monwabisi Mbombo made a brief appearance in court yesterday where he faces a charge of murder.
The 23-year-old man led police to a body believed to be that of Anelisa Dulaze, who went missing in January.
The state says the 21-year-old woman's body was found tied up at a construction site next to Mbombo's house.
The prosecutor told the court police are still investigating whether she was sexually assaulted.
According to witnesses, Anelisa Dulaze was last seen with the accused.
They claim the two argued and Mbombo assaulted Dulaze during the altercation.
The prosecutor told the court Mbombo pointed out to police where he buried the victim.
He said the woman's hands were tied when the body was recovered.
The prosecution explained that a state witness will testify that the accused had an argument with the victim on the night she disappeared.
The matter has been postponed for two weeks to allow the accused to appoint a private attorney.