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Post-mortem reveals Sinoxolo Mafevuka was strangled to death

This has emerged during the bail hearing of two men accused of her rape and murder in March.

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

CAPE TOWN - A post-mortem report has revealed Khayelitsha teenager Sinoxolo Mafevuka was strangled to death.

This has emerged during the bail hearing of two men accused of her rape and murder in March.

The cousins were arrested after the 19-year-old's body was found in a communal toilet.

Defence lawyer Thabo Nogemane has continued questioning investigating officer Batiki Tshabalala about the State witness who claims to have seen the two accused dragging Mafevuka to the public toilets on the night of her murder.

Nogemane has asked Tshabalala how it was possible for the man to identify the two cousins when he claims to have seen them just after midnight.

The officer replied it's easy for someone to recognise a person they know, even in the dark.

The detective has also read the post-mortem report which reveals, for the first time in court, Mafevuka had died due to strangulation.

COPS TRY TO TRACK MAFEVUKA'S LOVER

Police are trying to track down Mafevuka's alleged lover.

This has been revealed by the investigating officer.

Tshabalala has told the court police have been struggling to persuade community members, including a relative of the accused, to testify about seeing the two accused with Mafevuka on the night she disappeared.

He had previously told the court, police believe the two cousins killed her in anger, because she had allegedly been cheating on their cousin with the man.

Tshabalala says the man they are looking for has apparently fled to the Eastern Cape because he's scared of the two accused.

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