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Mafevuka murder accused's lawyer questions reliability of state witness

The investigating officer says the witness decided to come forward a few weeks ago due to pressure.

FILE: The 19-year-old Sinoxolo Mafevuka’s body was found stuffed inside a communal toilet near her home in Khayelitsha. Picture: Monique Mortlock/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The lawyer for two men accused of the rape and murder of Sinoxolo Mafevuka has questioned whether a state witness was sober and reliable.

This emerged during the cross-examination of the investigating officer testifying in a bail hearing yesterday.

The 19-year-old was found murdered in March.

Investigating officer Batiki Tshabalala read a sworn statement by a witness who claims he saw the two accused drag a screaming Mafevuka to the public toilets on the night of her murder.

Tshabalala told the court the witness decided to come forward a few weeks ago due to pressure from the community.

But defence advocate Thabo Nogemane questioned the reliability of the state's eyewitness.

He asked the investigating officer whether the man was sober that night, because he was apparently on his way home from a tavern when he heard a woman screaming.

The officer testified the witness claimed he was sober.

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