South African wants death penalty in US

2011-05-01 22:14

Johannesburg - A South African arrested in Texas last month in connection with four murders has sought prosecution in a death-penalty state, the Sunday Times reported.

"He kind of made mention that he wants to come to Ohio because New Mexico does not have the death sentence. He wants the death penalty," Akron police department spokesperson Michael Schaeffer was quoted as saying.

Muziwokuthula "Muzi" Madondo, 33, was arrested on March 28 in Houston, Texas.

While in police custody he confessed to the murders of Maritzburg College old boy Zanzele Mdadane, FirstMerit Bank vice president Jacquelyn Hilder in Ohio, and the murders of father and son Bobby Gonzales and Gabriel Baca in New Mexico

Madondo also rejected the South African embassy's offer to put him in touch with his family.

Johnny Moloto, South Africa's deputy ambassador in Washington DC said without Madondo's consent, the embassy could not contact his family or comment, as this would be a violation of Madondo's privacy.

Madondo was accused of corruption and mismanagement involving university funds at the University of Durban-Westville in 2003 during his terms as Student Representative Council president.

Madondo, originally from Richmond Farm outside KwaMashu, entered the US in 2008 as a theology student.

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