Crime: Anderson-Kippen killer accused of 3 murders a week later

2008-03-27 00:00

A 25-year-old Edendale man, Mlondi Sibusiso Derick Duma, appeared briefly in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court yesterday facing multiple charges of murder, attempted murder, rape and robbery with aggravating circumstances — allegedly all committed in a single night last October.

Duma is currently already serving two life sentences plus 20 years’ imprisonment in connection with the attempted hijackings and murders of two women motorists, former Witness journalist Elaine Anderson and Patricia Kippen, on October 14 last year.

He appeared in the magistrate’s court yesterday charged with three murders, two counts of robbery with aggravating circumstances, three attempted murders and one count of rape all allegedly committed in the space of a few hours on October 20.

Duma was not asked to plead to these charges and was remanded in custody until April 22 pending a decision of the Director of Public Prosecutions in the matter.

Two of the murder charges relate to the shooting of local businessmen Thamsanqa Mbindwane (26) and Masizane Mtshatsha (31) at Georgetown and the hijacking at gunpoint of Matshatsha’s maroon VW Polo.

Police reported at the time that the two men were shot and killed when they arrived at Georgetown to visit a friend.

The charge of rape and one count of attempted murder arise from an incident where a 17-year-old girl was allegedly taken from outside a disco in Imbali township’s unit 18, driven to the Azalea cemetery and raped. She was thereafter allegedly run over by a car in an attempt to murder her.

Duma is also charged with the attempted murder of two young men, Tsepho Mhlongo and Linda Jali, who were allegedly with the 17-year-old at Unit 18. The charge sheet alleges that Mhlongo was shot in the chest, and Jali in his right upper arm.

Jali was also allegedly robbed at gunpoint of R200 and a cellphone.

Duma also stands charged with the murder of Hlengiwe Precious Ntshangase, also in Georgetown, on the same night. She was found shot near her home the next day.

Duma and a co-accused, Simphiwe Christopher Khesi, were sentenced by KwaZulu-Natal Judge President Vuka Tshabalala last November for the murders and robbery of Anderson and Kippen in Woodlands, to which they pleaded guilty.

Duma admitted in a statement to the high court at the time that he fired the fatal shots at the two women in a bid to rob them of their vehicles in order to return home. The court was told the two men had been drinking in a tavern and needed transport home as there were no taxis available.

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