A tale of two teen murders

While there have been arrests after the murder of a teenager in Tokai Forest, no progress has been made in the killing of a Khayelitsha teenager who was found half-naked in a communal toilet more than a week ago.

Sixteen-year-old Franziska Blöchliger went missing on Monday afternoon. Her body was found later that day after a frantic search by police, residents and the Kirstenhof crime watch. A manhunt was launched and less than 36 hours later three people were detained, a specialist pathologist has been brought in to determine the cause of her death and the police have offered the family counselling.

In Khayelitsha it’s a different story: Last week friends and neighbours made a grim discovery – the half-naked body of 19-year-old Sinoxolo Mafevuka in a communal toilet. Her clothes were stuffed in a cistern. No one has been arrested, her family have not been kept informed or questioned and they were not offered counselling.

Sonke’s Patrick Godana says more needs to be done. “An example is the police patrols in affluent areas. You hardly see any in your poorer communities. Whether we like it or not, there is an imbalance with the services we receive.”

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