Chilling Discovery: Mkhwanazi sent to psychiatric hospital


Ƨǝx worker killer to undergo risk assessment at Sterkfontein Psychiatric Hospital

In a significant development in the ongoing trial, Sifiso Mkhwanazi, the perpetrator accused of targeting ƨǝx workers, will undergo a comprehensive risk assessment at Sterkfontein Psychiatric Hospital. This revelation came to light during Mkhwanazi’s recent appearance in the Joburg High Court, seated in Palm Ridge, on Wednesday, May 8th.

During the court proceedings, State Advocate Leswikane Mashabela disclosed that a doctor from the hospital’s forensics unit had confirmed the arrangement for the risk assessment. The assessment, set to commence on May 20th, will span a duration of 30 days. However, Mashabela highlighted that the court is still awaiting the submission of the probation officer report and victim impact report.

Judge Cassim Moosa emphasized that the pre-sentencing proceedings cannot proceed until all outstanding matters are finalized. Consequently, the court postponed the matter to May 17th, when an order for the risk assessment will be issued, with the assessment itself scheduled to commence on Monday, May 20th.

The 21-year-old Mkhwanazi has already been found guilty on multiple charges, including six counts of murder, six counts of rape, six counts of defeating the ends of justice, one count of possession of ammunition, one count of illegal possession of a firearm, and one count of theft. However, he was acquitted on a charge of robbery with aggravating circumstances, though convicted of the alternative charge of theft.

These charges stem from the chilling discovery of six female bodies at a panel beating workshop in October 2022, which sent shockwaves through the community and sparked a widespread investigation into the series of heinous crimes.

As the trial progresses, the risk assessment at Sterkfontein Psychiatric Hospital will play a crucial role in determining the appropriate course of action and potential sentencing for Mkhwanazi.

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