While psychological gratification like anger, thrill, gaining attention, and financial gain are the usual motive for serial killing, the murders may be attempted or completed in a similar fashion and the victims may have something in common like race, appearance, sex, or age group.
Conforming to some of these characteristic listed above, a twitter handle, Siya, recently tweeted… “8th victim found this morning. Murdered same way as my cousin. 8 women… hacked to death… heart missing. City of Saints neh? #Grahamstown.”
The tweet was reportedly re-tweeted 229 times, the Police have confirmed the murder of another woman in Grahamstown, but have however, insisted that there are no reasons to speculate that a serial killer was on the loose. According to Police spokesperson Lieutenant Luvuyo Mjekula, the victim this time, a woman in her twenties, was found near extension 7, Joza. Meanwhile, another female victim was found in the same area (Joza) the previous week by herdsmen. Both women were obviously murdered in similar manner as they both died from stab wounds, and were both mutilated.
As postmortem would be conducted to establish if the women were sexually assaulted, the police nonetheless stated that the available evidence is not sufficient to link the two recent cases with each other, and they didn’t confirm the tweeted claim of 8 victims, but offered that “all angles and possibilities will be investigated.”
South Africans were notwithstanding, advised to be alert at all time, take responsible decisions relating to their safety, report any suspicious behavior of people to the nearest police station, call Captain Riaan Havenga on 082 4168 279 or 08600 10 111 – the SAPS Crime Stop number to share their confidential information but to essentially go on with their day-to-day activities as Police have increased their visibility and stepped up patrol in the area.
If the issue is later declared a serial murder case, it wouldn’t be the first time South Africa is troubled by a serial killer. For instance, Bulelani Mabhay, infamously known as the “Tholeni Serial Killer” terrorized Tholeni, a village near Butterworth in Eastern Cape between 2007 and 2011. Mabhayi murdered his victims, most of whom were vulnerable women and children with an axe or panga. He was arrested in 2011, and was condemned with 25 life sentences as he pleaded guilty to 20 murders, 6 rapes and 10 house break-ins. The road that led to his arrest was reportedly littered with the bodies of his 20 victims, nine of which were children and 11 women. His youngest victim was an 18-month-old baby.
Between 2004 and 2008, David Randitsheni also infamously known as the “Modimolle Serial Killer” was found guilty of 10 murders, rapes and kidnapping of Children. He was condemned to 16 life terms, 220 years in prison with the possibility of a parole after he must have served a minimum of 35 years in prison.
Jimmy Maketta known as “Jesus Killer” was dreaded in Philippi, a town on the outskirts of Cape Town between April and December 2005. He was arrested and condemned to life in prison as he was found guilty of 16 murders and 19 rapes.
The list is quit long. South Africans were butchered between 1953 and 1955 by Elifasi Msomi the “Axe Killer”, Elias Xitavhudzi the “Panga man” roamed our streets in the 1960s, we were scared of Stewart Wilken the “Boetie Boer” between 1990 and 1997, we’ve seen Jack Mogale the “West-End Serial Killer” between 2008 and 2009. We were bothered by Moses Sithole the “South African Strangler” and Christopher Mhlengwa Zikode the “Donnybrook Serial Killer” just after “the long walk to freedom” between 1994 – 1995, we were terrorized by Cedric Maake the “Wemmer Pan Killer” and Sipho Thwala the “Phoenix Strangler’’ between 1996 and 1997. The list is simply endless, so we really do hope the Police are certain that this is not another serial maniac on the loose.