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Man accused of killing Constable Asavela Mathe remains in police custody

Constable Asavela Mathe

Constable Asavela Mathe

Published Oct 5, 2023


The man accused of killing a police constable stationed at the Samora Machel police station appeared in the Blue Downs Regional Court where his case was postponed to October 12.

Mpumzi Nompetsheni, 30, is accused of killing policewoman Constable Asavela Mathe, 29.

Mathe’s naked body was found in Mfuleni on Sunday morning. She had allegedly been out with a friend visiting acquaintances in the area when the incident occurred.

When Mfuleni police were alerted to an unknown body that was discovered in Malgas camp, Extension 4, in the early hours, they began investigating.

Following a trail led them to a shack where Mathe’s clothes including her undergarments were found. During the investigation it was discovered Mathe was a member of the police.

“A 30-year-old suspect was subsequently arrested by Mfuleni police. Further investigations about the circumstances that led to her death are the subject of an investigation that has since been undertaken by the Western Cape DPCI (Hawks) investigators,” police said.

Hawks spokesperson Siyabulela Vukani said the case was postponed at the Blue Downs Regional Court on Tuesday. Nompetsheni remains in custody.

“The Blue Downs Regional Court has remanded Nompetsheni, 30, in custody pending formal bail application which will be on 12 October 2023. Nompetsheni is charged with murder of a 29-year-old policewoman which occurred in Mfuleni on Sunday, October 1, 2023”.

During a Shanela Operation briefing on Tuesday at police headquarters in Green Point, Police Minister Bheki Cele said police in the Western Cape have in the past six months arrested 978 murder suspects and removed 941 more individuals for their alleged attempts to kill another person. In the same period, Western Cape courts handed down life sentences to 11 murderers and 14 rapists.

“Each week, boots on the ground are manning regular roadblocks, conducting stop and searches, and are also amongst other things, tracing wanted suspects, especially those who have committed murder, rape and gender-based violence and femicide-related crimes.”