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Judgement for the alleged Mpumalanga serial killer to be handed down on Friday

Article by: Dumisane Dube

Judgement in the trial of alleged Masoyi serial killer in Mpumalanga, Julius Mndawe, is expected to be handed down on Friday at the High Court in Mbombela.

The alleged serial killer is accused of killing and burying Banele Khoza (15), Noxolo Mdluli (17), Tokie Tlaka (24), Nomthandazo Mdluli (19) and Felicia Ndlovu (17), between 2018 and 2019 at Numbi Village in Hazyview, Mpumalanga.

Mndawe buried the women in his garden at his home.

He was arrested after a cellphone of one of the victims was found in his possession in 2019.

The alleged serial killer pleaded guilty to all the charges of murder against him.

The family of the accuser says they are still in shock.

“We were shocked when we heard about the alleged incident. We are still saddened by his actions. We had hoped as a family that we would also receive counselling. We do not know anything about what he did because he lived in his own house, not with us. They burned down his house and we accept that because what he did was wrong,” said the family.

In his plea statement, Mndawe says all the victims died after he punched them following altercations with each of them on five different occasions.

The state accepted his plea statement, however, dismissed the part where he claims the murder was not premeditated.

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