Suspect in the court of the murder of Cape teen

The man accused of murdering a Philippi teen this past weekend appeared in the Wynberg Magistrate’s Court in Cape Town for the first time on Tuesday.

Amahle Quku, 17, was found at Browns Farm on Saturday. She was reportedly raped, but the authorities did not want to confirm it.

Leonard Mzingeli, 25, a resident of the Siyanga informal settlement in Philippi, was arrested in connection with Amahle’s murder and appeared in court on Tuesday on a murder charge.

National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesman Eric Ntabazalila said further charges could be brought against Mzingeli later.

The case was postponed until July 7 when Mzingeli is expected to apply for bail.

Hundreds of people, including Amahle’s schoolmates and teachers, took to the streets in front of Sinethemba High School on Tuesday, claiming justice for the gr. 11 learners claimed. They were outraged by the recent spate of murders of women and children in the country.

The South African Youth Council (SAYC) in the Western Cape also attended the court proceedings.

“Since the news [about the murder] became known, the SAYC in the Western Cape has supported the family and community of the Siyahlala informal settlements,” said SAYC provincial secretary Zuko Mndayi.

“We are calling for the matter to be handed over to a dedicated police team so that it can be settled quickly. Bail may also not be granted to the suspect.

“We also reiterate the demand for psychological help for the family as outlined in the ministerial six-point plan against gender violence.”

Pres. Cyril Ramaphosa said last week that parliament should not delay legislation that it has already enacted by the end of last year to protect women and children from sexual violence.

The DA’s chief whip, Natasha Mazzone, pointed out that the Cabinet has not yet submitted a single piece of legislation to parliament that Parliament could consider, and that the president could go and look for the error with Justice Minister Ronald Lamola, or to the Minister of Women, Children and Disabilities, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane.

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