'She was more than what happened to her': Uyinene's friend pays tribute one year on

25 August 2020 - 06:41 By Cebelihle Bhengu
UCT student Uyinene Mrwetyana was raped and murdered at Clareinch Post Office in Cape Town on August 24 2019.
UCT student Uyinene Mrwetyana was raped and murdered at Clareinch Post Office in Cape Town on August 24 2019.
Image: Facebook/Zuki Lamani

Sinothile Norman, friend and former classmate of murdered University of Cape Town student Uyinene Mrwetyana, shared a heartfelt tribute on the first anniversary of Mrwetyana's death.

The 19-year old was raped and murdered on August 24 last year at the Clareinch Post Office in Cape Town, where she had gone to fetch a parcel.

Employee Luyanda Botha handed himself over to police and admitted to her rape and murder.

Norman paid tribute to her friend via a Twitter thread and a 28-second video she created last year. 

“All I have to say for today is that Uyinene was love. She was filled with the purest intentions and the biggest heart. She radiated kindness and beauty through her strong spirit,” she wrote.

UCT student Uyinene Mrwetyana was murdered inside the Clareinch post office one year ago on August 24 2019. On Monday evening, dozens of families, friends and residents gathered outside the post office holding flowers, candles and home-made posters.

Norman, whose Twitter bio reads “Uyinene Mrwetyana is my guardian angel”, said her friend had been determined to succeed and should be remembered as more than just a victim of rape and murder. 

“She was more than what happened to her, so much more. She was love, strength and light. Remember her,” she wrote.

On Sunday, Norman tweeted that she was dreading the anniversary of Mrwetyana's death. 


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