Serial killer pleads guilty to 20 murders

2013-08-28 09:02

East London - Argument in mitigation of sentence of a serial killer who pleaded guilty to 36 charges against him would be heard in the Eastern Cape High Court sitting in Butterworth on Wednesday, the Daily Dispatch reported.

Bulelani Mabhayi on Tuesday pleaded guilty to 20 charges of murder and 16 of rape. At least nine children were murdered, the publication reported.

Each charge against Mabhayi was read out to him, and he was asked to plead.

Mabhayi answered “ndinetyala” (I am guilty) to each charge.

The defence counsel read a statement by Mabhayi which contained details of how he committed his crimes, which resulted in the victims families' and friends weeping in court. Some had to be led out of the courtroom.

All his victims were women and children, and he mostly targeted homes where women were the head of the household.

A family of three was killed in May 2012.

After breaking in, Mabhayi would attempt to rape the women and girls in the house, before hacking everyone to death with an axe or panga.

  • Ayanda Matuka - 2013-08-28 09:35

    Eish we lost our relatives in the Butterworth area. This monster deserves to die. Killing innocent grandmothers and kids.

  • Freddie Miller - 2013-08-28 09:37

    The death penalty is too good for this bastard.

      Darren Roderick Kirsten - 2013-08-28 09:52

      Why waste money on lethal injection. The head crusher comprised of a chin placed on a bottom bar, and the head was under a cap. The torturer then would turn a screw, pushing the cap down, bringing the victim's head closer and closer to the bottom bar. Teeth shattered (hey! no flossing!), and you died of slow, agonizing pain, but, the coup de gras, you were concious while your eyes popped out of your skull. Yeah, I know, you cringed. If stopped halfway, there would be permanently damaged in their brain, as well as their jaw or eyes.

  • Chez Kri - 2013-08-28 09:44

    I've never been an advocate for the death penalty but when I hear about cases like this, I wonder!

      Siyabonga Biyela - 2013-08-28 10:28

      same here

  • Silvia Van Eck - 2013-08-28 09:48

    The death penalty would be apropriate for this guy!!

  • Johan Fou - 2013-08-28 09:51

    Whether he brutally killed 16 or 160, the time he spends living on taxpayers' money will be the same. In a few years, the prisons will be overflowing again, and JZ will be pardoning him. How can anyone still oppose the death penalty?

      markt - 2013-08-28 09:57

      Serial killers would never be pardoned.

      Willem de Haan - 2013-08-28 13:00

      You seriously believe that, Mark?

      Justin4aSecond - 2013-08-28 14:39

      Uhm, so what about the serial farm murderer who got released, and then attacked and killed another farm owner and his family markt?

  • John Nel - 2013-08-28 09:53

    Mitigation of sentence???? What reasons could possibly mitigate against this monster being jailed with no possibility of parole EVER. The only mitigating factor would be if he asked for a minute alone, together with a pistol with a single bullet. If he is remorseful he will kill himself, even if the State can't.

      Lungi Mtshali - 2013-08-28 13:25

      I think a plea bargain has already been negotiated, the guy will get one life sentence instead of two, with the possibility of parole after 20 years , in return for his confession. The prosecutor will have made it a condition of the bargain that he confesses to all murders, known & unknown to them. They don't want unsolved murders on national statistics.

  • Cathy De Jongh - 2013-08-28 09:57

    Death sentence.

  • Faiz Dolley - 2013-08-28 10:01

    Sharia law pls to this devil.even if a dog starts biting pple,what we do is just stone it to death,what is the different btwn this man and a wild animal.

      TheJaydedKing - 2013-08-28 10:10

      animals are generally not into senseless killing.

      Nelia Badenhorst - 2013-08-28 13:08

      That is cruel!

  • Vusi Nhlabathi - 2013-08-28 10:03

    he is lucky to escape mob justice, he deserves a tyre around he neck finish and klaar

  • PhillipHoffman - 2013-08-28 10:10

    Eish Pleads guilty to 20 murders and 20 rapes. I wonder what can be said that will mitigate his sentence?

      Jon Low - 2013-08-28 10:20

      A guilty plea. Psychopathic mental state. To name but two.

      Mnani K Miso Mnani - 2013-09-04 07:34

      my concern is deeper than the comment is ths chap did these killings alone? cant be i promise i'm from the village of Tholeni police must dig harder there are more investigations could be done to find more killers.

  • Jon Low - 2013-08-28 10:18


  • Mahlong Ralinko Ralinko - 2013-08-28 10:19

    He has to vote first in the coming elections, can you imagine ?

  • Kyle McLaren - 2013-08-28 10:56

    I think it's a positive day for SA. I'm glad this animal is off the street. Maybe there is hope for our justice system..

  • allien - 2013-08-28 11:16

    Fix him with panga, no more free accommodation and meal.

  • Malcom Sibisi - 2013-08-28 11:35


  • Dan Mdleksmane - 2013-08-28 11:38

    This bastard should have been necklaced a long time ago!

  • Alu Nef - 2013-08-28 12:40

    He is evil

  • Willem de Haan - 2013-08-28 12:59

    According to the most wonderful and advanced constitution in the world(that of the NEW RSA of course) all people are equal and, you won't believe this, actually have the right to life! Of course, this does not apply to any law abiding citizen, as you will soon see, only to the criminal element. This African gentleman will be found guilty of all these numerous murders and receive the maximum penalty as allowed by this constitution - imprisonment for life! Yes, for every one of these murders he will be sentenced to life in a cosy cell. So, his life will not be taken away, it is worth more thañ that of each of his victims. In fact more than all their lives put together. Why? Well, because he has a right to life! Crazy, is it not? And, as he has already received the maximum punishment the law permits, he now is free to kill and rape and assault and do whatever he pleases as there is nothing more that can be done to him. What a wonderful constitution!

  • Sive ZamaHlubi Poswa - 2013-08-28 14:52

    Seriously?! all these thumbs down on comments against this pathetic excuse of a human being. Says a lot about you all. Could he be your cousin brother or acquaintance perhaps?

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