JUST IN: Notorious bhinya (62) who raped and killed several women arrested!

Commissioner Paul Nyathi

In a shocking turn of events, the Zimbabwe Republic Police has arrested a serial killer and rapist in the Chipinge region. Daniel Chauke, a 62-year-old man, has been apprehended for a spate of murder, rape, and stock theft cases that occurred in Chipinge and Chimanimani between April 2022 and May 2024.

The arrest came about on May 27th, 2024, when Chauke was initially detained for a case of stock theft.

We present the police statement below:


The Zimbabwe Republic Police confirms the arrest of Daniel Chauke (62) in connection with a spate of murder and rape cases as well as a case of stock theft which occurred in Chipinge and Chimanimani between April 2022 and 26th May 2024.

On 27th May 2024, the suspect was arrested for a case of stock theft and was brought to ZRP Chipinge. The suspect was searched by detectives leading to the recovery of various ladies clothes, a cellphone and machete which were hidden in a sack and bag.

The recovered items matched the description of the goods stolen at a bushy area along Usanga—Bangazani Road, Chipinge on 26th May 2024 where Cylia Maponese (45) was killed. The suspect was interviewed and admitted to have raped the victim before killing her and stealing a cellphone, various ladies clothes and US$10.00 cash.

The suspect is linked to a case of murder in which a woman (54) was raped and killed on 21st October 2023 at Chikwanda Village, Usanga location, Chipinge, and another murder case in which a woman (32) was raped and killed on 24th April 2024 at Matakanyi Village, Chimanimani.

The suspect is also clearing seven cases of rape which occurred between 03rd April 2022 and 05th April 2024 in Chipinge.

Members of the public are urged to be alert and report all criminal acts on National Complaints Desk number (0242) 703631 or WhatsApp on 0712 800 197 or report at any nearest Police Station.

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