Eastern Cape man in court after stabbing spree

2015-04-09 15:29


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King William's Town - An Eastern Cape man appeared briefly in court on Wednesday after a violent stabbing spree last week left three people dead and at least four others seriously injured.

Nkosinathi Pepe, 33, appeared briefly in the Centane Magistrates Court on Wednesday on charges of murder, attempted murder, arson, and possession of an unlicensed firearm.

He is being held in custody until April 28 for further investigation.

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.

Eastern Cape police spokesperson, 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.


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, which led to the discovery that the .38 revolver was not loaded. Manatha said angry community members had 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, were 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.

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