Victims of triple murder rampage buried

2015-04-18 21:17
(Eastern Cape police spokesperson Captain Jackson Manatha, Supplied)

(Eastern Cape police spokesperson Captain Jackson Manatha, Supplied)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

King William’s Town - Three victims of a 33-year-old man’s murderous rampage on Easter Friday in Centane, Eastern Cape, were buried on Saturday, according to police.

“The three deceased were buried at Nkelekethe Location Teko Springs Village, Centane today [Saturday],” Eastern Cape police spokesperson Jackson Manatha told News24.

“It was a formal burial,” he added.

The man in question, Nkosinathi Pepe, is being held in custody until April 28 for further investigation.

The 33-year-old appeared briefly in the Centane Magistrates Court on Wednesday, 8 April on charges of murder, attempted murder, arson, and possession of an unlicensed firearm.

Violent attack

It is alleged that Pepe woke up around 05:00 on Easter Friday and, armed with a .38 revolver and a knife, kicked down the door of a homestead belonging to Sopele Kholisile in Nkelekethe Location in Teko Springs Village, Centane.

Pepe allegedly held Kholisile at gunpoint, before stabbing him to death. He also stabbed Kholisile’s daughter-in-law, before setting the homestead alight.

Pepe is then alleged to have gone to another two homesteads, where he stabbed Nophumzile Mdunywa, 58, and Nogcinile Cuthindawo, 62, to death, and torched their homes.

Captain Jackson Manatha, said Pepe is also believed to have attacked four other individuals, three women and a man, stabbing them with the knife. These individuals were rushed to Butterwoth Hospital in serious conditions.

Disarmed

Manatha said an off-duty police officer, who lived in the area, heard the commotion and rushed out to intervene. He fired warning shots at Pepe with his police revolver, bringing Pepe’s alleged spree to an end.

Pepe was then disarmed and it was discovered that the .38 revolver was not loaded. Manatha said angry community members then attacked Pepe with sticks, but the off-duty police officer was able to convince them not to take the law into their own hands.

Pepe was then transferred to the Butterworth Hospital, where he was kept under heavy police guard until he appeared in court on Wednesday.

Butterworth Cluster Commander Brigadier Mbeko Sibidla condemned the senseless killings and praised the off-duty police officer for his brave actions.

Manatha said the motives for the violent attacks were not known at this time.

Read more on:    east london  |  crime

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
9 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
PARTNER CONTENT
INFOGRAPHIC: New thinking required for retirement

Everything we believe about retirement is fast becoming outdated.

PARTNER CONTENT
WATCH: How education can change a life

A university education gives students the chance to create a better future for themselves, their families and to opportunity achieve their dreams.

/World

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.