SA serial killer to be tried in New Mexico

2011-04-16 00:00

A SOUTH African man charged with killing four people in America, including a fellow South African, is awaiting extradition from Texas, where he was arrested, to New Mexico, where two of the murders occurred.

Muziwokuthula Madonda (33) is believed to be originally from Durban, although the physical address in not clear.

One of his alleged victims was 25-year-old Zenzele Mdadane of Hillcrest, who matriculated at Maritzburg College. His body was found in Butler Township, Ohio, on February 19.

“Last time I checked, about two days ago, Madonda was in Conroe, Texas, jailed while waiting for his extradiction back to New Mexico where he allegedly committed two homicides,” Butler Township police chief Danny Hobbs said yesterday.

He said he heard that the accused is from Durban.

On his arrival in New Mexico, Madonda will be prosecuted by Tim Rose of the Montgomery County Court.

“They have left for Texas to collect him, and he is expected here in two days’ time,” Rose’s secretary, Jennifer Sena, told Weekend Witness yesterday.

Madonda is accused of killing Gabriel Baca (37) and Bobby Gonzales (57), whose bodies were found in a New Mexico motel on March 24. He was renting the room next door.

Madonda, who was reading for a masters or doctorate in ministry at the Andersonville Theological Seminary in Georgia, also allegedly killed First Merit Bank vice-president Jacquelyn Hilder in Ohio in February.

Department of Home Affairs spokesperson Manusha Pillai would not confirm if Madonda is from Durban.

She said: “Even if that information was available I was not going to give it to you. All South Africans have a constitutional right to privacy.”

About Mdadane, Maritzburg College headmaster Ron Jury said: “We mourn with his friends and family for the passing of Mdadane.

“Three teachers here remember him well.

“His maths, economics and isiZulu teachers are still members of the staff at Maritzburg College and we remember him fondly as a quiet, unobtrusive young man with a sense of direction,” Jury said.

Mdadane was the captain of the second rugby team and a runner of the 800 metre and 1500 metre distances.

“He was the class representative in his grade 11 year and was also involved in public speaking circles,” said Jury.

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