According to reports, Leonard Mzingeliis the 25-year-old man arrested in connection with the murder of 17-year-old Amahle Quku, appeared at the Wynberg Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday, where he was charged with murder.
According to National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesperson Eric Ntabazalila, Mzingeli was charged with murder. “For now he is charged with murder only and other charges may be added at a later stage,” he said.
Ntabazalila said Mzingeli’s case has been postponed to July 7 for a bail application, Mzingeli was arrested in connection with the alleged rape and murder of Quku,.
Amahle Quku’s body was found bruised and naked on Saturday morning by residents in Albert Luthuli Street, Browns Farm, Philippi.
In an interview Quku’s heartbroken mother, Mandulele Quku, the family found out about her death after pictures of her naked and “bruised” body were circulating on Facebook.
“On Saturday morning, her brother showed me her naked picture that was doing the rounds on Facebook, with people sending their condolences,” Mandulele said.
Teachers and pupils from Sinethemba High School, where Quku was a Grade 11 learner, held an emotional picket on Monday morning.
Social service organisation, Ilitha Labantu, have laid flowers down where Quku’s body was discovered at Siyahlala informal settlement in Browns Farm, Philippi. The organization has called for greater action to be taken against perpetrators of violence against women and girls.
DA provincial spokesperson on social development, Gillion Bosman, says the rape and murder of Quku is the latest in a series of violent criminal behaviour against the women and children of the province and country as a whole.
“Something is fundamentally disturbing and wrong when we witness these atrocities. This can only be described as an ongoing war within the very walls of our homes,” Bosman said.
“Our appeal is twofold, firstly, we are calling on communities across the province to stand up and speak out against all forms of GBV and domestic violence. If we keep silent, the war will continue to be waged as frustrations of lockdown and alcohol abuse rise to exacerbate the crises.”