KwaZakhele teen in court for gruesome hijacking of NMMU students, rape and murder

BY YOLANDA PALEZWENI - AUGUST 24, 2016

An 18 year-old suspect from KwaZakhele Township, in Port Elizabeth, is expected to appear before the Port Elizabeth Magistrates' Court on Wednesday, facing three charges of rape, murder and hijacking following an incident that shocked the city early this month.

According to Port Elizabeth police, the suspect is one of the five suspects that hijacked two Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) students on Saturday, 13 August 2016 at about 21:30, outside an NMMU residence in North End, where they are believed to had gone to pick up friends to attend the recent intervasity tournament.

The two victims, a 21 year-old female and a 28 year-old male, were then driven to Brighton Beach where two of the hijackers allegedly took turns to rape the female student before executing her male companion. 

The suspects later dumped the female student in Central early on the Sunday morning and she reported the case.

Police later recovered the body of the male student, which they found floating in the water at the same beach on the Sunday afternoon.

“Police launched a task and tracking team that was set to investigate the case and the suspect was arrested after she was identified by the complainant,” police spokesperson, Colonel Priscilla Naidu, told RNEWS.

“The suspect was positively identified and was found in possession of the complainant’s belongings.”

She added that police are continuing the hunt for the other four suspects and the tracking team has been increased to seven members.

“The SAPS is satisfied with the progress made thus far in the investigation and recognises the dedication displayed by the two teams tracking the suspects,” said Cpt Naidu.

A week ago, the VW Polo Vivo stolen from the students was found abandoned in KwaZakhele.