Lekgoa Lesley Motleleng in court (Source Eye Witness News)

It’s come to light that the man accused of murdering 26-year-old lesbian Duduzile Zozo in June attended a vigil in her memory after her brutal death.

According to SAPA, 22-year-old accused Lekgoa Lesley Motleleng took part in the vigil the night before Zozo’s funeral and “offered comfort and condolences to the family”.

Motleleng was arrested on Friday and appeared in the Palm Ridge Magistrate’s court on Monday in connection with the young woman’s death.

Zozo’s body was found in Thokoza, outside of Johannesburg, on Sunday 30 June. She had been raped with a toilet brush and, according to police, is believed to have been strangled to death.

Her mother, Thuziwe Zozo, told Eye Witness News that she was shocked that the man accused of killing her daughter was someone they both knew, who lived near their home.

“He’s like my neighbour,” said Zozo. “So how can it be him that did this? My neighbour. Like Dudu’s friend, Dudu’s brother. I wasn’t expecting that it was somebody here in my area.”

The victim’s friend, Bianca Lamba, revealed to Eye Witness News that she had earlier reported Motleleng to the police because he had threatened her and, she said, had claimed that he had murdered Zozo.

Lamba said she was “relieved” that the alleged killer was behind bars.

Motleleng has declined to apply for bail. The case has been postponed to December.

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