Rapist was 'sweetest, kindest' man

2011-03-13 14:37

Johannesburg - He was considered to be the sweetest and kindest of men, but he raped and strangled three women and left their bodies to decompose in the fields of Orange Farm.

This week David Nocela (32), ­father of a six-year-old child, was given three life sentences for the crimes he committed over three months in 2008.

He was found guilty of the murders of Joyce Mkhwanazi (24), Thembelani Nkuna (22) and Asanda Mhlanga (23).

According to evidence in court, Mkhwanazi and Mhlanga were ­Nocela’s girlfriends. He was caught after he made calls from two of his victims’ cellphones after their murders.

Speaking at the Vereeniging ­circuit of the North Gauteng High Court, Mhlanga’s aunt, Nontomzana Sithela, said she had never thought of her niece’s boyfriend as a possible serial killer.

Fooled everyone

“He led people around him to ­believe he was a caring man, while he was actually a wolf in sheep’s skin,” she said.

“Asanda was a very nice girl who cared about everyone. She wanted so much to become a singer. I now listen to her music whenever I miss her and want to get close to her.

“This killer called her while I was at home with her. She left and ­never returned. A month later we found her decomposed body.”

Sithela’s cousin, Hanica Thibane, added: “When family members celebrated their birthdays he would send messages wishing them well.”

Abram Segale (29), Nocela’s friend of 10 years, reeled in shock when he found out about his friend’s barbaric murders.

“He was a kind guy and I did not think he was capable of doing that.

“In all the time I have been his friend, I am still to see his bad side,” he said.

“In March 2008 he told me his girlfriend had been raped and killed. As a friend I comforted him. I never for once thought he was the one who did it.

“He even attended Joyce’s funeral, where he took pictures.”


Nkuna’s parents, Lazarus and Constance Nkuna, are still struggling to come to terms with the death of their daughter.

“She was my only daughter and life is so miserable without her,” Constance said.

“She had two kids and when she was killed the youngest was only six months old and the other was two years old.

“We will never get our daughter back, but at least the thought of him in prison will help to bring us closure.”

Elizabeth Mkhwanazi, Joyce’s mother, did not attend the ­sentencing.

Judge Boisie Mbha said the ­victims’ hands were tied behind their backs before they were raped and strangled.

Mbha said although Mhlanga’s post-mortem had failed to conclusively show the cause of death, the circumstances were similar to those in the other two murders.

“I do not have the slightest doubt that you strangled her as well,” said the judge.

Mbha said Nocela’s refusal to disclose his reasons for committing the crimes showed that he had no remorse and there was therefore no chance of rehabilitation.

Nocela was also found guilty of the 2002 rape of a 15-year-old.

The judge refused defence counsel advocate Pieter du Plessis’s ­application for leave to appeal, saying there was no indication that ­another court might reach a different conclusion.

Nocela will serve his sentences concurrently.

  • corro51 - 2011-03-13 14:42

    And life in SA goes on..........

      BigMoose - 2011-03-13 15:18

      No, corro, death in SA goes on....

  • Jakkals - 2011-03-13 15:17

    Flippen moer hoe kan hulle nog aansoek doen vir appel?

  • AM Library - 2011-03-13 15:22

    And my tax pays for his upkeep in prison. Prisoners should have to earn their keep. Chain gangs of prisoners building roads comes to mind. NO MORE VOTING RIGHTS FOR SENTENCED PRISONERS! It is a warped piece of legislation.

      hf44083 - 2011-03-14 07:53

      And our tax payers money pays for cleaning services, catering services etc, Time the bastards worked for their keep too, They still have tooooo mmmanny RIGHTS in prison. In the old days prisoners worked.

      Carmaine Harrison - 2011-03-14 20:02

      Should be one grand - one vote. Only the tax payer should have a say.

  • rudie.crous - 2011-03-13 15:32

    When someone is sent to prison, it is because he/she broke the rules laid down by society. For this transgression, the individual is stripped of some rights / privileges / liberties when imprisoned. It should follow logically that such individuals should not vote.

      symbiosis1981 - 2011-03-14 07:45

      Try tell that to the human rights activists, our prison should be like those in Thailnd, they only feed you just keep you alive,no hunger strikes there.

  • Ricardo mafuna - 2011-03-13 15:47

    The rapist should be castrated,the three lyf sentences are not enough.

      Pieter Wolf - 2011-03-13 15:54

      Hang the BASTARD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      vicj - 2011-03-13 16:08

      Hope his inmate pals screw the hell out of him

  • hantiejansenvanvuuren - 2011-03-14 07:33

    I can't see why the sentences should run concurrently. Did he murder these girls all at the same time? Why do judges do this?

      gbrits2009 - 2011-03-14 08:47

      A life sentence normally carries a parole clause which will see this pig get out after 25 years about, making the sentences run concurrently, will keep him there for at least 75 years, I doubt he will see that age, he wil rot in jail basically. Each type of sentence (murder, theft) etc carries different types of sentences, some suspended for years, other not, sometimes the process took so long that he will get out, since he has been in jail for 2 years waiting to be sentenced or whatever. Basically, making the sentences run concurrently will force him to be IN JAIL for the minimum allowed times, for all the crimes, running concurrently..

      Alan - 2011-03-14 08:59

      No gbrits2009, concurrently means to run 'at the same time'. So although found guilty of individual crimes and sentenced to a term for each, they will run together, not first one, then the next, then the next. So in this case, the scumbag could be out after serving a 3rd of his sentence, to rape and kill a few more.............

  • symbiosis1981 - 2011-03-14 07:47

    What happens when you die while serving a 200 years, do they keep your body for the remainder of the years, I really want to know, not to cause insult bashing.

      Darwinian - 2011-03-14 08:35

      nope mate, they usually free after two years :)

      gbrits2009 - 2011-03-14 08:52

      If he is lets say 35 years old when he goes to jail, and he was given any sentence which is longer than his lifespan( his death) he is burried on tax payer costs of course, and his file is closed, removed from prison responsibilities etc. SO special things basically

      Alan - 2011-03-14 08:59


  • Darwinian - 2011-03-14 08:33

    and South Africans is a peace loving nation...YEAH RIGHT!!!!!

  • Pokkels_LOL - 2011-03-14 09:10

    There a another reason why we need to implement the death sentence! Now we as family and friends of the victims (tax payers) are paying for murderers/rapists food and accommodation in jail.

  • Sword&Cross - 2011-03-14 20:13

    Start thinking "Qualified Franchise in Racist South Africa" for true Justice & Peace to arrive.

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