Fears of serial killer loose in Cape Town

2014-12-17 14:42

Cape Town - The bodies of five women have been found naked and buried in shallow graves near Century City train station leading Western Cape police to suspect a serial killer is on the loose, a report said on Wednesday.

The most recent body was found on Saturday, a police source told the Cape Times.

All the bodies were buried face down and had their hands tied behind their backs.

“At this stage it’s all murder cases, but the modus operandi is the same. We suspect a serial killer.”

The bodies were so badly decomposed that police were unable to identify any of them although they were all estimated to be aged between 20 and 32.

One of the bodies was completely burnt, police told community newspaper People’s Post.

South Africa has 160 serial killers on record, dating back to the 1950s, the Cape Argus reported in October.

The perception of serial killers as outcasts was incorrect as about 60% were involved in romantic relationships, Brigadier Gerard Labuschagne of the police’s investigative psychology section says.

Anyone with information can contact their nearest police station, call Crime Stop at 0800 10111, SMS Crimeline at 32211 and Kensington police on 021 594 7043.

  • Nikki Downes - 2014-12-17 14:48

    This is terrible. It's like having predators on the lose and you don't know if you are safe or not

      Kris Hand - 2014-12-17 15:00

      At least with a serial killer there's multiple attempts to secure at least one proper conviction for the prosecution, so that's a 'win' for the SA Justice System... surely SAPS can't mess up every strand of the investigation, can they?!!

      Jeremy Forbes - 2014-12-17 15:58

      I am developing a growing confidence in at least some of the WC Police, they've arrested the perpetrators of the Mall robberies and the killers of the six men murdered near Kraafontein, they will find these murderers too.

      Percy Ferrao - 2014-12-17 16:42

      @Cynical Do you find this funny? How stupid and sick are you exactly... idiot!

  • Israel Maseko - 2014-12-17 15:02

    Bad indeed

  • Roann Louw - 2014-12-17 15:21

    Let's keep the police busy with marijuana arrests not like the need the manpower to catch serial killers

  • Aneesa Jacobs - 2014-12-17 15:40

    And as usual, no leads. No nothing. They want us to phone crime stop and police stations and they don't even answer their phones!

  • Gregory David Jordaan - 2014-12-17 15:45

    These articles always have so little details and information and then it's forgotten about. But if it was an article about sport then it would fill 3 pages. Very lazy reporters in sa. To me there must be a link between these 5 women and the 6 men that was killed in kraaifontein. As they both crimes victims hands was tied and they could not be identified by there faces

      Jeremy David Acton - 2014-12-17 22:07

      and maybe there's no link. The places (Centruy City and Joostenbergvlakte) are very far apart.

  • Anthony De Lucchi - 2014-12-17 16:44 cannot blame the police for this kind of thing. As far as the investigation goes all they can hope for is solid leads....these kind of killers are seemingly very random and strike almost anywhere. The best the police can do at the moment is to alert the public and advise women not venture out on their own especially around deserted places like train stations at night when there are very few people about and employers to ensure that staff who work late in the evenings been given adequate protection and safe rides back home at night.

  • Jaco De Witt - 2014-12-17 16:45

    And now Piet Byleveld has retired I hope they get him to assist

  • Tanya Van Zyl Wagener - 2014-12-17 17:48

    Maybe the difference is in CT they actually report crime in the news and in GP they can't keep up I'm still certain it is worse in GP

      Kevan van Niekerk - 2014-12-19 05:57

      hi tanya, according stats etc, Capetown is the most dangerous city in SA. Please google 50 most dangerous cities in the world.

  • Francois Phillip van Zyl - 2014-12-17 18:55

    It has often happened that whilst I am sitting in the train on my way home from Cape Town, that the train gets pelted by stones. This happens in the same area just outside Century City station. There are lots of Port Jackson trees that make for perfect hiding place for criminal activities to take place. During winter time though, big parts turn into a vlei from all the rain. I have also seen building rubble, old tyres and rubbish being dumped there, so this area seems so be a free for all and easily accessible by anyone.

  • Maria Alexander - 2014-12-17 22:09

    it could be someone who lures prostitutes

  • Moosa Ally - 2014-12-17 22:25


  • Mark Shearar - 2014-12-18 08:30

    Any other details? Some sort of profile? Normally there's some sort of commonality between victims (at least according to Criminal Minds lol). How worried do I need to be for my family?

  • Andrew Seymour - 2014-12-18 08:55


  • Pozisa Pozi Mtya - 2014-12-18 09:36

    ohhh my GOD poor Zille. This has nothing to do with Zille.....I pray they find the Devil and I pray he burns in HELL! Sophumla phi mara

  • Marius Koen - 2014-12-18 21:20

    This is on my doorstep.

      Rononymous Hiphopopotamus - 2014-12-19 11:24

      How convenient...

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