Victims of triple murder rampage buried

2015-04-18 21:17
(Eastern Cape police spokesperson Captain Jackson Manatha, Supplied)

(Eastern Cape police spokesperson Captain Jackson Manatha, Supplied)

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King William’s Town - Three victims of a 33-year-old man’s murderous rampage on Easter Friday in Centane, Eastern Cape, were buried on Saturday, according to police.

“The three deceased were buried at Nkelekethe Location Teko Springs Village, Centane today [Saturday],” Eastern Cape police spokesperson Jackson Manatha told News24.

“It was a formal burial,” he added.

The man in question, Nkosinathi Pepe, is being held in custody until April 28 for further investigation.

The 33-year-old appeared briefly in the Centane Magistrates Court on Wednesday, 8 April on charges of murder, attempted murder, arson, and possession of an unlicensed firearm.

Violent attack

It is alleged that Pepe woke up around 05:00 on Easter Friday and, armed with a .38 revolver and a knife, kicked down the door of a homestead belonging to Sopele Kholisile in Nkelekethe Location in Teko Springs Village, Centane.

Pepe allegedly held Kholisile at gunpoint, before stabbing him to death. He also stabbed Kholisile’s daughter-in-law, before setting the homestead alight.

Pepe is then alleged to have gone to another two homesteads, where he stabbed Nophumzile Mdunywa, 58, and Nogcinile Cuthindawo, 62, to death, and torched their homes.

Captain Jackson Manatha, said Pepe is also believed to have attacked four other individuals, three women and a man, stabbing them with the knife. These individuals were rushed to Butterwoth Hospital in serious conditions.


Manatha said an off-duty police officer, who lived in the area, heard the commotion and rushed out to intervene. He fired warning shots at Pepe with his police revolver, bringing Pepe’s alleged spree to an end.

Pepe was then disarmed and it was discovered that the .38 revolver was not loaded. Manatha said angry community members then attacked Pepe with sticks, but the off-duty police officer was able to convince them not to take the law into their own hands.

Pepe was then transferred to the Butterworth Hospital, where he was kept under heavy police guard until he appeared in court on Wednesday.

Butterworth Cluster Commander Brigadier Mbeko Sibidla condemned the senseless killings and praised the off-duty police officer for his brave actions.

Manatha said the motives for the violent attacks were not known at this time.

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