Article by: Dumisane Dube
Alleged serial killer Themba Willards Dube has abandoned his bid for bail after briefly appearing in court on Thursday.
Dube (36), faces seven counts of kidnapping and seven counts of murder including an illegal immigrant charge.
Themba Dube was initially arrested in November last year for possession of a stolen phone belonging to a woman who was allegedly kidnapped in Lebowakgomo in October, 2021.
National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesperson in Limpopo Mashudu Malabi-Dzhangi said Dube is expected to plead after he previously indicated that he wanted to confess but was advised by the court to do so through legal representation.
“It is alleged that he would lure women and promise them employment. He faces charges of seven counts of kidnapping and seven counts of murder. The victims have been positively identified by their next of kin, however, forensic investigations are already underway to determine if the bodies positively match those of the deceased,” says Malabi-Dzhangi.
The bodies were dumped around Seshego, Polokwane, Mankweng and Westenburg.
The matter has been remanded to 28 February for further investigations and DNA results.
The women are Sarah Moitswadi Mathiba, 42, who was reportedly kidnapped at Lebowakgomo, 34-year-old Moleboheng Mothibeli who was reported missing in Polokwane, Eva Khomotso Makhura, 41, was reported missing at Seshego, Mpho Sanah Sinyatsi, 34, who was reported missing from Luthuli Park Extension 9, Andrea Cholo, 25, was reported kidnapped in Seshego in September, Chisimango Gumbo, 48, who was reported missing in Seshego in August and Jane Letswalo, 42.
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