Michelle Skelton, a project manager for the H3 Africa consortium,based at the University of Cape Town Heath Sciences Faculty,is a cousin to Tania Majiet,one of the accused in the Gumtree Murder case which took place in Cape Town in 2012.
Tania Majiet , was added as the fifth accused in the murder of 21 year old Olwyn Cowley who was murdered after trying to sell his car via the Gumtree classifieds website.Majiet was arrested after it was discovered that her co-accused had washed the murder victim’s vehicle at her home.
The charges against Tania Majiet were withdrawn in 2014. Soegbudien Abvajee one of the co-accused in the matter is Majiet’s ex-boyfriend and they have a child together.
Abvajee (Tania Majiet’s ex) was sentenced to 15 years for robbery, three years for the illegal possession of a firearm, and one year for the illegal possession of ammunition, which would all run concurrently with his sentence of life imprisonment for Cowley’s murder.
Majiet’s mother and Dr Michelle Skelton’s mother are sisters and they are therefore first cousins.
Some of the articles detailing Tania Majiet’s court appearances in connection with the Gumtree murder case and other articles related to this matter: