Police quash rumours of serial killer in Grahamstown

2015-09-15 15:28


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Grahamstown - Police have confirmed the murder of another woman Grahamstown, but have quashed speculation that a serial killer was on the loose.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Luvuyo Mjekula said the body of a woman in her twenties was found in bushes near Extension 7, Joza, on Sunday.

This comes after the discovery of another female victim found a week ago - on September 6, by herdsmen. Her body was also found in the Joza area.

Both women had apparently died from stab wounds, with the first body said to be badly mutilated.

A post-mortem would be conducted to establish if the women were sexually assaulted.

The discovery of the latest body has led to speculation on social media that there is a serial killer operating in the town.

On Sunday, a man with the Twitter handle, Siya, tweeted, "8th victim found this morning. Murdered same way as my cousin. 8 women... hacked to death... heart missing. City of Saints neh? #Grahamstown."

The tweet was retweeted 229 times, but police said there was no evidence to indicate that there was a serial killer operating in the area.

Police could also not confirm that there were indeed eight cases, but said there was little evidence at this stage to link the two latest cases with each other.

"All angles and possibilities will be investigated," he said.

Police have, however, stepped up patrols and have increased visibility in the area.

Mjekula said members of the public had been advised to be alert at all times and to take responsible decisions about their safety.

"Also do not hesitate to report any suspicious behaviour of people to your nearest police station," said Mjekula.

Anyone with information can call Captain Riaan Havenga on 082 4168 279.

Confidential information can also be shared through the SAPS Crime Stop number 08600 10 111.

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