Suspect arrested for missing University of Cape Town student

Officials of South Africa police service SAPS are set to interview the man to try to ascertain the whereabouts of UCT student Uyinene Mrwetyana.

According to reports, a  42-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the disappearance of missing UCT student Uyinene Mrwetyana, Western Cape police have confirmed.

Mrwetyana, 19, went missing last Saturday and was last seen in the Claremont area. She lived at Roscommon House on Main Road in Claremont, a student residence leased by the University of Cape Town.

“In the early hours of Friday morning, [SAPS] supported by Western Cape Flying Squad members arrested a 42-year-old suspect in Claremont,” said spokesperson Brigadier Novela Potelwa.

“An extensive investigation is currently under way to determine the whereabouts of the missing person. All avenues are being looked into, including the place where she was last seen.”

Potelwa said they were confident that the arrest and questioning of the man would reveal more answers and bring an end to “days of uncertainty for her family, friends and all others concerned”.

The man would appear in the Wynberg Magistrate’s Court on Monday.

An autopsy and DNA tests will be conducted on a body that was found in Lingelethu West, Khayelitsha earlier this week on Monday.

This body has not been confirmed as Uyinene’s, amid social media reports earlier this week that her body had been found.

Police urged everyone to allow space for the investigation to unfold.


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