South African bhinya rapes and kills 6 Zimbabwean women, dump their bodies at panel-beating workshop


South African ex-convict faces trial for alleged rape and murder of six Zimbabwean women

A 21-year-old South African ex-convict, Sifiso Mkwananzi, is set to appear in court today to face charges related to the alleged rape and murder of six Zimbabwean women. The arrest took place in 2022, with Mkwananzi facing additional charges of robbery in aggravating circumstances and illegal possession of a firearm.

The lifeless bodies of the victims were discovered at a panel-beating workshop in Johannesburg, sending shockwaves through the community. The three identified victims were Joyce Moyo, Nyarai Chihota, and Patricia Magaisa.

During his previous court appearance last Friday, Mkwananzi, represented by Advocate Vuyolwethu Maqeka, admitted to killing the women but claimed that it was unintentional. He expressed his refusal to accept imprisonment for a crime he claimed he did not commit, stating that the killings were the result of an instinctive reaction during arguments. Mkwananzi denied any premeditation in the murders.

Investigating officer Mr Vincent Saunders believes that the motive behind the murders was revenge, stemming from Mkwananzi’s previous conviction in 2021 for raping a commercial sex worker. Saunders noted that all six victims were killed in a similar manner and were of Zimbabwean nationality.

Today’s court proceedings will see the National Prosecuting Authority present witnesses to support the allegations of premeditation and rape against Mkwananzi. The trial will shed further light on the circumstances surrounding these tragic incidents and determine the appropriate legal course of action.

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