After almost 12 years, the murder trial of 17-year-old Cytheria Rex remains ongoing as the case gets postponed for the 100th time.
The Weekend Argus reports that the victim’s mother, Jacqueline Rex, has given up on the justice system and is frustrated that justice had not yet been served for her daughter, who was brutally raped and murdered on 22 February 2009.
Rex’s body was put into a wheelie bin and later dumped on a field in Eikendal, Kraaifontein, reported The Daily Voice.
During this week, six men – Lee Cloete, Oswill Grootboom, Imeraan Hendricks, Keenan Lewis, Rhonwen Rhode, and Virgil Sass appeared in the Blue Down’s Magistrates Court and charged with the murder, the publication reports. They have appeared in court nine times this year according to The Weekend Argus.
According to the National Prosecuting Authority, the delays – which they state are out of their control – are due to the suspects constantly changing their attorneys.
“Every time you come there you must just greet the judge, ‘Good morning….goodbye’. I stay in Paarl and have to use the train and taxi, just to go there and come back at 10 o’clock again,” said the victim’s mother.
My niece Cytheria Rex was Murdered by 7yths in Feb 2009 stabed 39 times her body thrown into a Weeley bin and dumped on afield. The case is still ongoing in the Blue Downs magistrates court in Kuilsriver wc KILLERS on bail and we the fam are still waiting 4 answer 10years now
— Kathleen (@Kathlee66531178) January 20, 2020
The reason for the latest postponement was to allow for one of the suspects to confirm their Legal Aid representation on 15 February.
The publication states that Jacqueline attempts to contact the minister of justice and the president’s office were unsuccessful.
“I’m sick and tired of this but I don’t want to give up because justice must be served…but for so long – something serious must be done.”
The trial will resume on 17 March in the Blue Down’s Magistrates Court, says the publication.