Western Cape police have arrested a 42-year old man in connection with the disappearance of UCT student Uyinene Mrwetyana. Search for Uyinene Mrwetyana still underway, according to Brigadier Novela Potelwa, the Western a Cape Police spokesperson, the search for the missing student is still underway, and it’s hoped that the suspect will be able to assist in the search for the student.

The 42-year-old suspect from Claremont was arrested early Friday morning in connection with the disappearance of Mrwetyana. The Clareinch Post Office. SAPS detectives have been hard at work several leads. In the early hours of Friday morning, the team supported by Western Cape Flying Squad members arrested a 42-year-old suspect in Claremont, “said Brigadier Potelwa.

It’s unclear at this time what he suspect has been arrested for, and how he may be involved in Mrwtyana’s disappearance. The police are still awaiting the autopsy and DNA results of an unidentified body that was found in Khayelitsha last Monday to determine the identify and cause of death.

There has, however, been no indication that the police believe it is related to the Mrwetyana missing person’s case. The disappearance of Mrwetyana shook the UCT student body with students and friends using the hashtags #BringNeneHome and #BringNeneBack to raise awareness for their missing friend. We are confident the interviewing of the 42-year-old will eventually lead to the finalisation of the investigation thereby bringing an end to days of uncertainty for her family, friends and all others concerned, “added Potelwa.

Since the student’s disappearance on 24 August the police have conducted and extensive search for Mrwetyana which involved working with the university as well as three private investigators. Mrwetyana, who is a first year film and media student, is originally from East Lodon and her family have travelled to Cape Town to assist with the investigation. Students unite for Uyinene Mrwetyana. On Wednesday evening, a prayer vigil was held at the UCT campus with students meeting at the UCT main building to pray for the safe return of Mrwetyna.

Rhodes University students, where Mrwetyna’s mother works, have lent their support to the cause by sharing posters and spreading awareness of the student’s disappearance.

Anyone with information that may assist in tracing Uyinene Mrwetyana is urged to urged to contract CPS on 0800 650 2222, or the SAPS on 021 657 2250

By Ntsako Philmah Gana