Serial killer suspect wants KFC

2009-09-10 22:30

Scottburgh - The suspected sugar cane serial killer demanded perks and privileges in exchange for co-operating with police investigators, the KwaZulu-Natal High Court heard on Thursday.

"Thozamile Taki co-operated fully with us and he demanded special diet food. He insisted on Halls juice for breakfast, steamed chicken, Kentucky Fried Chicken and fruits for lunch," Sergeant Ishwarlall Benmohan told the court.

Taki, 36, is accused of killing 13 women and dumping their bodies in sugar cane plantations in Umzinto and tea plantations in Port St Johns in the Eastern Cape. He also faces 13 counts of robbery with aggravating circumstances.

Taki’s girlfriend, Hlengiwe Nene, is charged as an accessory to the 13 robberies.

Benmohan told the court that he was tasked with finding Taki everything he wanted after he had co-operated fully with the police.

The state alleges that among the things that Taki helped the police with was the compilation of the list of names of the people he allegedly killed.

Speaking through his lawyer Thulani Shange, Taki said the list had come from the police.

"My client tells me that the police came with a list of names and forced him to rewrite them on another piece of paper."

'Severely beaten'

Shange said this had been done so that the court would be presented with a piece of paper containing Taki’s hand writing.

"My client also tells me that he was severely beaten before he agreed to compile the list," said Shange.

The court was expected to rule next week on whether the list would be accepted.

Nico Crouse of the Organised Crime unit said it was not true that Taki had been beaten, saying that he (Taki) had told three advocates from Durban’s Justice Centre that he wanted to confess.

"Nobody forced him to talk and nobody beat him," said Crouse.

Disputing Benmohan’s testimony that Taki demanded special food, Shange said his client did not eat Kentucky Fried Chicken.

The state alleges that Taki promised his victims work in Umzinto and told them they needed R1 500 to pay for accommodation. They became unreachable on their cellphones shortly after leaving their homes.

The state has more than 100 witnesses on its list.

One of the witnesses who has already testified is Taki’s wife, Vusiwe Danisa, who told the court that she received clothes from Taki. The clothes were allegedly removed from the victims.

The trial continues.