Judgment continues in sugarcane murder case

2010-12-23 08:35

Judgment in the case against the man accused of killing 13 women and dumping their bodies in sugarcane fields will continue in the Durban High Court today.

Judge King Ndlovu indicated yesterday he still needed to go through the cellphone evidence and two trials within a trial in his lengthy judgment.

Thozamile Taki was accused of robbing and killing the women and dumping their bodies in sugarcane plantations in Umzinto, KwaZulu-Natal, and in tea plantations in Port St Johns, in the Eastern Cape.

Yesterday, the judge listed the names of the women allegedly killed by Taki.

They were:

Makhosi Mgobhozi, last seen in July 2007

Noxolo Mpande, last seen in September 2007

Nosisa Nozozo, 20, last seen in August 2007

Charity Khumalo, 25, last seen in July 2007

Zibuyile Mthethwa, last seen in May 2007

Rose Mjoli, 24, last seen in May 2007

Khanyisile Ncayana, 26, last seen in May 2007

Thandeka Mthembeni, last seen in May 2007

Siblings Happiness and Philisiwe Mpanza, last seen in June 2007

Nombali Ngcobo, last seen August 2007

Thandazile Bhokodo, last seen in March 2007

Siziwe Tshongaye, last seen in February 2007

Taki and his co-accused, former girlfriend Hlengiwe Nene, had been in custody since 2007.

It was heard in court that Taki would allegedly approach the women and promise them jobs at different companies.

He would ask them for money to pay their rent at their new jobs, or would ask them to bring money for a bribe to secure the employment.

The amount of money he asked for ranged from R300 to R3 000.

Nene was alleged to have help lure the women.

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