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Family of murdered Philippi teen 'learnt of her death through social media'

Amahle Quku (17) was last seen alive by her family on Friday.

Amahle Quku. Picture: Supplied

CAPE TOWN - The family of a murdered Philippi teenager learnt about her death through social media.

Amahle Quku (17) was last seen alive by her family on Friday.

Her body was found outside a house in the Siyahlala informal settlement in Browns Farm, Philippi.

A suspect has been arrested.

The South African Youth Council's Zuko Mndayi said they had visited Quku's family home.

“The family only learnt through social media that their daughter was murdered. That is how bad it is and the mother still has not recovered.”

He said the murder was shocking: “She was killed, left with her hands tied and she was raped and most senselessly, she was left naked on the street. She was found on Albert Luthuli Street in Philippi.”

A 25-year-old man from the same community is expected in court on Tuesday on rape and murder charges.

Community Safety MEC Albert Fritz has condemned the 17-year-old's murder and rape.

Fritz said femicide and gender-based violence were at a crisis level in the province and in the country and had no place in society.

His spokesperson Cayla Murray said: “MEC Fritz has called on SAPS to leave no stone unturned to ensure that their investigation leads to the conviction of the guilty party.”

The department is also establishing a number of programmes to create awareness and address the prevalence of gender-based violence: “Looking to create a guide and disseminate information on how to get a protection order,” Murray added.

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