Themba Dube (36), an illegal Zimbabwean immigrant, has been charged for allegedly killing at least 7 women.
The murdered woman’s bodies were found at different places in Seshego, Polokwane, Mankweng and Westenburg policing areas.
The bodies were discovered while Dube was in custody after being found with their phones.
It’s alleged he murdered and r_aped Sarah Moitwadi Mathiba (42), Moleboheng Mothibeli (34), Eva Khomotso Makhura (41), Mpho Sana Senyatsi (34), Khomotso Makhura (41), Andrea Cholo (25), Chisimango Gumbo (48) and Jane Letswalo (42) between August and October.
Themba Prince Willard Dube allegedly lured his victims by promising them jobs through social media.
The family of 42-year-old Sarah Mothiba, from Ga-Chuene village, said she was last seen leaving home for work in Polokwane on October 18.
Days later, they allegedly heard from the suspect who demanded R2,500 ransom, promising to release Mothiba.
“We are unable to accept what happened, he tricked us and made us pay ransom money promising to release Sarah.
He stole cash that Sarah had, he withdrew her money at the bank and made the family pay ransom money and ended up killing her,” said Family spokesperson Violet Rakoma-Mothiba.
The family believes the suspect was not working alone.
Sarah’s husband John Mothiba said: “We are hurt, justice must prevail. He must disclose the names of the people he was working with; I don’t believe he was alone in this crime. I hope the police can also help to make him disclose the names.”
The case was postponed to 27 January for further investigation. Themba abandoned his bail application and agreed to be represented by a lawyer from legal aid after he initially said he wanted to represent himself.