25-year old suspect appears in court for the murder of an 18-year old East-Bank high school girl in Alexandra

PARKTOWN – Police from Alexandra SAPS on Sunday afternoon 06 September 2020 were driving along East Bank Avenue near Jukskei Park when they were summoned and directed by community members to the body of an unknown female victim lying in a pool of blood. An on-scene inspection by the members found that the woman had been shot on the upper body and she was subsequently certified dead on the scene by paramedics. A murder case was immediately registered for investigation.
Meanwhile on the same day, a boy who was playing in the park picked up a handbag which belongs to his sister. He took the bag home and his mother found in it an identity document of her 18-year old daughter who had left home the previous day to visit a relative.
The mother immediately rushed to the Alexandra police station to report this development. The unknown deceased young woman whose body was found earlier, was identified by the mother as her 18-year old daughter, a learner at East Bank High School.
A priority investigation was initiated and a possible suspect was on Tuesday 08 September 2020 taken in for questioning by the police. Preliminary evidence linked the 25-year old taxi driver to the murder and he was immediately arrested.
The suspect appeared in the Alexandra Magistrate Court on Thursday 10 September 2020, and the case was postponed by a week for further investigation, while the suspect remains in police custody.
Gauteng Commissioner of police Lieutenant General Elias Mawela commended the members for having built, in a very short space of time, a solid case that was then placed on the court roll.
“The SAPS will continue to affirm our position against gender based violence by prioritising the investigation of violent crimes committed against women, children and vulnerable persons,” remarked the Commissioner.

Source: South African Police Service