KZN police hunt killer sex workers

2011-05-02 08:06

KwaZulu-Natal police are searching for a syndicate of sex workers, believed to be behind the murders of six businessmen, the Sunday Times reported.

The investigation was at an “early and sensitive” stage, the paper quoted police spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Vincent Mdunge as saying.

“The investigation is still in the early stages, but police have reason to believe that their investigation could lead to more cases.”

According to the report, investigators said their inquiries could uncover the identities of more wealthy clients, killed in “grubby hotels and guest lodges over the past six months”.

These venues were located in Durban’s Anton Lembede Street, previously known as Smith Street.

“The infamous strip where the bodies were found ... is characterised by overcrowded and dilapidated apartment blocks and rundown guest lodges and hotels,” the Sunday Times said.

According to Mdunge, police dockets indicated the victims were married, either owned their own businesses or headed up relatively large firms in the province.

They were apparently carrying large sums of cash when they were poisoned. Police have declined to release their details.

A private investigator discovered one of the bodies at a guest lodge last Sunday. This led to police linking the deaths.

The bodies of five of the victims would be exhumed after it was initially thought they had died of natural causes. DNA and toxicology tests would be conducted.

Mdunge said only cash had been stolen in all the cases. Cellphones and bank cards, which could be traced, were left in the rooms.

“We are optimistic we will get to the bottom of it.” 

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