President Cyril Ramaphosa said Precious Ramabula’s alleged killer had a pending rape case against him when he attacked her.
The 21-year-old Capricorn TVET College student was found dead in her room a week ago after being stabbed 52 times.
A 28-year-old man was arrested for her murder at his parents’ home in Nyakelang Village, Botlokwa, in the early hours of Thursday. According to Ramabulana’s family, he was found in possession of her cellphone, bloodstained clothes and a sharp object.
Ramaphosa held a private meeting with the family at Ramabulana’s house just outside Makhado.
"What saddens me even more is that the perpetrator had had his brushes with the law on a rape type of charge. I don't have the full details and he was still out patrolling the streets of our country," Ramaphosa said.
"What this means is that we must have an active record of all those who are either found guilty, who have had a brush with the law [for] crimes against women and children. We need to keep a close eye on them."
President @CyrilRamaphosa has arrived at the Ramabula family home in Makhado, Limpopo province to pay his respects following the passing of #PreciousRamabulana. Ramabulana was attacked and killed in her student accommodation in Mokomene, Limpopo last week Sunday. pic.twitter.com/AJQSuInhR6— PresidencyZA (@PresidencyZA) December 1, 2019