Man charged with Nosicelo Mtebeni’s murder opts not to apply for bail or legal representation

25-year-old Alutha Pasile made a brief second appearance at the East London Magistrates Court on Tuesday on charges of murder and defeating the ends of justice.

The charges follow the gruesome murder of a 23-year-old University of Fort Hare (UFH) student, Nosicelo Mtebeni.

The spokesperson of the national prosecuting authority (NPA) in the Eastern Cape Anelisa Ngcakani said Pasile elected not to apply for bail or legal representation.

“His case was postponed to 9 November 2021 for further investigation,” Ngcakani said.

UFH students gathered outside the court on Tuesday, calling for justice for Nosicelo following her brutal murder last month.

On 19 August 2021 at about 7am, a 36-year-old man was walking on the streets of Quigney in East London when he overheard two school girls expressing their shock and disgust about how sick people in Quigney were. The man then approached the girls as he wanted to find out what they were talking about. They then told him that there were two bags at a nearby garbage dumping site which contained human body parts. He then went to inspect and once he saw the gruesome sight he then alerted police who were patrolling the area.

Police swiftly started investigating. This led them to a witness who allegedly saw Pasile at about 5am leaving his residence with a purple suitcase and a grey-black bag. This account fitted the description of the two bags which were found at the dumping site. Pasile was arrested on the same day.

Pasile and Nosicelo were lovers and lived together in Quigney, East London.

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