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SJC vows to fight for more policing & security in informal settlements

The group says government needs to address the poor infrastructure in all the areas within the township.

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

CAPE TOWN - The Social Justice Coalition (SJC) in Khayelitsha said it will not stop advocating for more policing and security in the informal settlements.

Yesterday the SJC led a large group of residents in a picket outside the Khayelitsha Magistrates Court where two men accused of the rape and murder of Sinoxolo Mafevuka made an appearance.

Mafevuka's half-naked body was found in a communal toilet less than five hundred metres from her home in the township.

The SJC's Nomthetho Kilo said since the local government elections they have seen little to no improvement in the area after being made many promises by the councillor candidates.

"There's no improvement. We're still demanding it on our side of local government. We're till demanding more toilets in our community and also security for our community members."

Kilo said government needs to address the poor infrastructure in all the areas within the township.

"We see others, for example, in other places there are a lot of toilets but we need all the informal settlements must have flush toilets."

Meanwhile, two men accused of the rape and murder of Mafevuka appeared in a Cape Town court.

The State said the investigation into Mafevuka's rape and killing has now been finalised.

It requested a postponement of two weeks so that an indictment of the charges can be completed for the high court.

Magistrate Xolani Menyiwe has postponed the matter to next month, when it's hoped a trial date will be set.

The two alleged killers will remain behind bars.

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