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Sinathi Magqazana’s alleged killer also faces a charge of rape.
Sinathi Magqazana’s alleged killer also faces a charge of rape.

HERMANUS – There were sighs of relief after the man accused of beating his girlfriend to death abandoned his bail application last week.

Khanyile “Zama” Ramba appeared in the Hermanus Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 7 October on charges of murder and malicious damage to property.

A charge of rape was also added to the charge sheet.

These charges stem from an incident on Saturday 11 September, when Ramba’s girlfriend Sinathi Magqazana’s body was found in his shack in Marikana informal settlement in Zwelihle hours after he had allegedly hit her in front of her friends.

She had reportedly been beaten to death with a hammer and her body stuffed into a plastic bag.

Angry residents marched to the Hermanus Magistrates’ Court when Ramba was due to make his first court appearance in September to demand that he not be released on bail.

After the case was postponed, they marched to Marikana and broke down Ramba’s home, saying he was no longer welcome in the community.

Mthelesi Mbovane, Magqazana’s father, says he was very relieved and happy when he heard that the man accused of murdering his only child would remain behind bars.

The heartbroken father said he regretted not pushing harder for a charge to be laid when his daughter refused to do so and get an interdict against her boyfriend a few weeks before she died, when he noticed bruises on her face.

“She told me it was her fault. If I had forced her into going to the police she may have still been alive.

“I want to face this man and ask him why he did this to her. She was a very nice person.”

Eric Ntabazalila, spokesperson for the National Prosecuting Authority in the Western Cape, confirmed a charge of rape had been added to Ramba’s charge sheet.

“He abandoned his plans to apply for bail, and his case has been remanded to 11 November 2021 for further investigation,” Ntabazalila stated.

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