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Uyinene Mrwetyana murder accused won’t be applying for bail

The matter has now been postponed to Thursday and will be formally transferred to the Western Cape High Court.

Luyanda Botha, who stands accused of raping and murdering 19-year-old student Uyinene Mrwetyana, appears at Wynberg Magistrates Court on 5 November 2019. Picture: Lizell Persens/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Luyanda Botha, who stands accused of raping and murdering 19-year-old student Uyinene Mrwetyana, made a brief appearance at Wynberg Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

The matter has now been postponed to Thursday and will be formally transferred to the Western Cape High Court.

Courtroom four at the Wynberg Magistrates Court was packed.

Emotional relatives and members of the public glared at Botha as he entered the dock from the holding cells.

Some gasped and even shouted at the accused to show his face as he tried to conceal it with a hoodie.

A previous court order preventing the man from being named was lifted.

The court was told the investigation had been completed. Botha indicated that he would not be applying for bail.

Western Cape Director of Public Prosecutions Rodney De Kock handled the case for the State.

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