Alleged girlfriend killer on the run
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Cape Town - Mfuleni police have appealed for any information to locate 33-year-old Anathi Xana, who is on the run after allegedly murdering his girlfriend Athini Mangqoyiya at the weekend.
The lifeless body of the 29-year-old was found in the bathroom, wrapped up in a curtain and inside a bag on Saturday.
Police spokesperson Joseph Swartbooi said the suspect who fled the scene on the day of the murder was yet to be arrested.
“Police are following up on all available leads to locate the suspect in the murder case of 29-year-old Athini Magqoyiya of Mfuleni. Police will leave no stone unturned to ensure that the perpetrator gets his day in a court of law,” said Swartbooi.
Mfuleni community leader Patrick Ngqele said they wanted justice.
“This is so disturbing, how could people commit such crimes, as we are faced with Covid-19 pandemic and political instability. These are such acts that keep pulling our country back.
“We have been preaching the same gospel about gender-based violence (GBV) but seemingly people choose to ignore and look away because they think it does not affect them or it's something that does not need to be attended to.
“(The perpetrator) has caused so much harm, not only to the victim, but also to the family and friends in the community,” said Ngqele.
Ilitha Labantu spokesperson Siyabulela Monakali called for harsher sentences for GBV perpetrators.
“As an organisation that advocates for the rights of women and children we are deeply concerned by the spike in incidents of femicide plaguing the Western Cape. As it stands it appears that the province is leading in such cases, and we call for stronger action to be taken to ensure that justice is served for victims and their families,” said Monakali.
Anyone with information can anonymously contact Crime Stop on 0860010111, or SMS Crime Line on 32211.