35-year-old man arrested in murder and rape case of student

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In a media statement released on Wednesday, the South African Police Service (SAPS) announced that a 35-year-old man had been arrested in the murder and rape case of Phuti Ramara earlier this month. 

“The suspect, aged 35, was arrested on Monday 29 December 2020, while on his way to Johannesburg from Tembisa, with an intent of crossing to Lesotho.

After receiving a tip-off about the possible whereabouts of the suspect, police’s task team followed him to Ivory Park taxi rank where the arrest was effected,” Captain Mavela Masondo says.

Earlier reports stated that SAPS had received criticism from Ramara’s family for failing to find her murderer. The SowetoUrban stated that a memorandum, demanding satellite police station for remote areas (outside of Protea Glen), had been drawn up by the people and dropped at Protea Glen SAP.

The naked body of the woman alleged to be that of 21-year-old Phuti Ramara was found in an open field in the Protea Glen Extension 31 on 7 December.

Earlier this month a candlelight session was held in Protea Glen Ext. 12.

Speaking to The Star Phuti’s mother, Sibongile, said: “Things have been difficult for me, but I’m really happy that the police were able to find the suspect.”

The suspect was expected to appear in the Protea Magistrates Court on charges of murder and rape.