Family now too afraid to talk

2011-01-25 00:00

SERIAL killer and rapist Thozamile Taki, recently sentenced for murdering women in the Umzinto and Majola (Port St John’s) sugarcane and tea fields, was a “humble, respectful and decent boy”, according to his community and family members in Majola village.

Some of his family and friends refused to comment when approached by The Witness, fearing that a Taki acquaintance might come to attack them if they say anything about the sentence.

Taki was sentenced to 208 years and 13 terms of life imprisonment by Judge King Ndlovu in Durban last week. The judge asked Correctional Services to ignore any plea bargain to release him from prison because he is a danger to the community.

Taki was found to have promised women jobs, gaining their confidence, when his aim was to rape and kill them.

Those who knew him said that Taki grew up without displaying any signs of a killer’s disposition. According to Keke Qakatha (56), a resident in the rural settlement of Majola, “he was just a little, quiet boy who respected older people”.

He said that Taki’s drift into crime started after he reached adulthood when he used to visit Johannesburg and Durban, claiming to be looking for a job in these areas.

“He used to come back and waylay teachers, people going to the shop and pickpocket them or rob them of their money,” alleged Qakatha, who added that even then nothing serious was suspected. Qakatha said he did not want to get into Taki’s family background, but added that he was the last person they ever thought would kill people in such a manner.

The village’s Inkosi Gobizizwe Majali commended the sentence even though he claimed to have not known Taki very well. “This portrayed a very bad picture of my area as many people were referring to us as the serial killers of Port St Johns,” said Inkosi Majali, adding that “Taki must rot in jail”.

Majola councillor J.S Lobe distanced himself from the matter, saying that even the family refused to speak about it.

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