After their DNA samples were ultimately examined, SAPS was able to positively identify five victims of an alleged Zimbabwean serial murderer who operated in Limpopo.
Prince Dube, the 34-year-old suspect, is still in custody and will appear in court later this month.
Five more victims of a Zimbabwean serial killer have been identified.
Dube is suspected of being responsible for the gruesome murders of seven women. The accused was initially arrested for possessing a suspected stolen cellphone, which police later discovered belonged to a woman who was allegedly kidnapped in Lebowakgomo last year after an inquiry.
Initial enquiries pointed to the possible involvement of a serial killer whose modus operandi was to lure women and promise them employment.
The probe soon led to the discoveries of seven bodies of women dumped at different locations in Seshego, Polokwane, Mankweng and Westenburg policing areas.
Who are the victims of Prince Dube?
After positively identifying his first two victims, SAPS faced a agonising wait to get the DNA results for the other women Dube is believed to have slaughtered. Finally, this week, the long-awaited confirmation arrived.
The other five victims have been named as:
- Sarah Moitswadi Mothiba, 42: Allegedly kidnapped at Lebowakgomo, reported missing in October 2021.
- Moleboheng Mothibeli, 34: The Lesotho-national was, reported missing in October 2021.
- Eva Khomotso Makhura, 41: The woman was last seen in Seshego, before she was reported missing October 2021.
- Mpho Sanah Sinyatsi, 34: Her last sighting was at Luthuli Park, reported missing during October 2021.
- Chisimango Gumbo, 48: A fellow Zimbabwean disappeared from Seshego, reported missing during August 2021.
#sapsLIM Five victims of a notorious Polokwane serial killer positively identified through DNA. The accused, Prince Dube (34), was linked to the murders of 7 women who were kidnapped or reported missing in Seshego, Mankweng and Polokwane since Aug 2021. MEhttps://t.co/oZsuBWYklL pic.twitter.com/d7epHD6Jh6
— SA Police Service (@SAPoliceService) February 17, 2022
Limpopo’s Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe has welcomed these developments via a recently issued statement – but the top cop views this only as a single step on the roads towards securing justice.
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“The positive identification of the remains of the deceased is the next step in a chapter of one of the horrendous crimes that were perpetrated against these women. The affected families will not only find solace in the fact that the suspect has been apprehended, but will also find closure now that they will be able to bury their loved ones.”