Luyanda Botha, a post office employee who raped and murdered 19-year-old Uyinene Mrwetyana, has been handed three life sentences and five years with no prospect of parole for his crimes.
When the 42-year-old man arrived at the Western Cape High Court on Friday to hear the sentence, several members of the public shouted “Satan” at him calling for a harsher punishment.
Botha did not plead innocent and voluntarily admitted his involvement in all of the gruesome acts that had taken place last August.
During his plea, the perpetrator described how he had hidden her body in a safe and tried to dispose of it the next day. He also wrote an apology to the deceased’s family and all of the South Africans, however, later asked the court not to read the statement out.
Uyinene’s uncle, Vuyani Mrwetyana, thanked the services for the quick investigation adding the family agreed with the sentence.
“We are still in mourning. This judgment will not bring Uyinene back but we do appreciate it,” he said.