KZN man on trial for multiple sex murders

2008-02-12 00:00

A Ladysmith man is alleged to have shot dead four people in four months and committed sex crimes that went together with the murders.

These facts emerged yesterday in the Ladysmith High Court when Vusumuzi Innocent Khumalo was charged with 16 crimes. He pleaded not guilty to all the counts.

The crimes were committed between late 2006 and early 2007 at Ladysmith.

It is alleged that he shot dead a man and his infant daughter and then made the child’s mother perform three indecent acts and raped her. She has not testified yet.

About two weeks later he allegedly pointed a gun at Lindiwe Dube and a 76-year-old woman who were cutting grass. Dube shouted at him, at which he shot her dead.

He is also charged with then kidnapping the old woman, making her walk a good distance and then making her perform an indecent act.

He then tried to rape her, but failed and let her walk away.

Yesterday, a woman testified that Khumalo shot a woman who refused to walk with him. The witness said Khumalo made her and a third woman walk with him — he is charged with their kidnap — and then indecently assaulted them. She will continue testifying today.

A woman told the court that Khumalo broke into her home, assaulted her and robbed her. She pointed him out at an identity parade and at his trial yesterday.

Join the conversation! 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. 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
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

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


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 network.


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.