SA remembers Uyinene one year later: 'We are on our knees. Still we bleed'

Uyinene Mrwetyana was murdered a year ago today.
Uyinene Mrwetyana was murdered a year ago today.

One year ago, University of Cape Town student Uyinene Mrwetyana was raped and murdered by Luyanda Botha in the Clarenreich Post Office in Claremont, Cape Town.

Botha handed himself over to police  and was given three life sentences for rape and murder and five years for defeating the ends of justice.

In his four-page admission, Botha described how he locked Mrwetyana in the post office when she went to collect a parcel, raped her and when she tried to escape, took a weight used to weigh packages and bludgeoned her to death.

Her death sparked nationwide protests and the #AmINext movement highlighting SA's high rate of gender-based violent (GBV) crimes.

Mrwetyana's mother, Noma, told Sunday Times the past 12 months have been difficult.

The period has been characterised by countless sleepless nights, a mixed bag of emotions ranging from hurt and sadness to anger and frustration.”

On Twitter, South Africans paid tribute to the student, criticised government for its lack of action and slammed the country's continuing high rate of GBV.

We follow Uyinene Mrwetyana's final steps on August 24 2019 when she was brutally murdered in a Cape Town post office and then disposed of in a hole next to a railway track.