South Africa Post Office Worker Sentenced to Life in Prison for Rape and Murder of 19-Year-Old Student Uyinene Mrwetyana

South African post office worker Luyanda Botha has been handed three life sentences after admitting to the rape and murder of 19-year-old student Uyinene Mrwetyana.

Her killing in August sparked large protests over the high levels of violence against women in the country.

There were brief cheers in the court on Friday as the sentence was handed down.

“This judgment won’t in any manner replace Uyinene but we do appreciate it,” her uncle said, IOL reports.

In South Africa some 2,700 women were murdered by men last year.

That is five times higher than the global average. In addition, at least 100 rapes were reported daily.

In September, at an emergency sitting of parliament on this issue, President Cyril Ramaphosa said urgent action was needed and likened the figures for violence against women and children to those of a country at war.

Shortly after her murder, reports emerged that Ms Mrwetyana had been lured into the mail room of a post office in Cape Town.

She was then raped twice and bludgeoned to death, South African news site News24 reports.

Botha hid her body in the post office’s safe before taking it to another place and setting fire to it, News24 adds quoting the prosecution’s summary.

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