Alleged Limpopo serial killer will not apply for bail, his lawyer tells court

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Themba Prince Willard Dube, 36, a Zimbabwean national who is in the country illegally, is facing seven charges of kidnapping and seven of murder.
Themba Prince Willard Dube, 36, a Zimbabwean national who is in the country illegally, is facing seven charges of kidnapping and seven of murder.
Russel Molefe, News24
  • The alleged Limpopo serial killer is accused of killing seven women.
  • The State confirmed that the accused was in the country illegally when he allegedly committed the murders.
  • The Director of Public Prosecutions in Limpopo has instructed that the accused be tried in the Polokwane High Court.

The alleged Limpopo serial killer, accused of killing seven women, will not be applying for bail, the Seshego Magistrate's Court outside Polokwane heard on Thursday.

Themba Prince Willard Dube, 36, a Zimbabwean national who, it was established was in the country illegally, faces seven charges of kidnapping and seven of murder.

He is alleged to have murdered Sara Mothiba, 42, Lesotho national Molebogeng Mothibeli, 34, Khomotdo Makhura, 41, Sanah Senyatsi, 34, Andrea Cholo, 25, Jane Letswalo, 42, and Zimbabwean national Chisimango Gumbo, 48, between August and October 2021.

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He was first arrested on 3 November 2021 for possession of a suspected stolen cellphone which was later linked to a woman who was kidnapped in Lebowakgomo. 

His lawyer told magistrate Tumishang Tladi that there were no applications the defence would make, including for bail.

Prosecutor Anna Thabana told the court that the results of the accused's status showed he was in the country illegally. 

Thabana said:

In his last appearance, it was indicated that his status in the country should be verified. The results are back and we can confirm he is not legal [in the country].

She also indicated that DNA tests for the victims were still outstanding and that the Director of Public Prosecutions in Limpopo had directed that the accused be tried in the Polokwane High Court.


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