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20070222: Alleged serial killer to face 24 charges Cape Town Serial Killer News

Alleged serial killer Richard Jabulani Nyauza will face 24 charges including murder, rape and robbery, the Pretoria Magistrate's Court heard on Thursday.

During a brief appearance, his case was referred to the Pretoria High Court where he will stand trial on April 17 on 16 charges of murder, four of rape, three of robbery with aggravated circumstances and one of attempted murder.

Nyauza is conducting his own defence.

He was arrested in September last year in his Olievenhoutbosch house where an item was discovered which belonged to a woman whose body was found in Centurion the previous week.

He was initially charged with one count of murder, but a special task team was set up to investigate the possibility of him being linked to a murder committed in 2002, and multiple murders committed between January and September 2006 in Samrand.

After being connected to more murders, he was dubbed the Centurion serial killer.

 

20060915: Suspected serial killer facing more charges Auckland Park Serial Killer News
Alleged serial killer Richard Jabulani Nyauza had 14 counts of murder added to his charge sheet in the Pretoria magistrate's court on Thursday. He now faces 15 charges of murder. After his brief appearance, the case was postponed to November 9 for further investigation. Nyauza, 36, was arrested early in September in his Olievenhoutbosch house, where an item was discovered which belonged to a woman whose body was found in Centurion on September 1. He was initially charged on one count of murder. A special task team was set up to investigate the possibility that Nyauza was linked to a murder committed in 2002, as well as the multiple murders committed between January and September 2006 in Samrand. On Thursday, police applied to have Nyauza moved to the Wierda Bridge police station holding cells, where the investigators are stationed. They believe they might link him to even more murders. The court, however, turned down their application and he will be kept at Pretoria Central Prison.
 

20060914: Olievenhoutbosch serial killer to argue his case Auckland Park Serial Killer News

A man believed to be the Olievenhoutbosch serial killer, will face 15 charges of murder after the police have added 14 more charges to the one he was charged with.

Richard Nyauza (36) has appeared briefly in the Tshwane Magistrate's Court. He was arrested in Olievenhoutbosch, near Centurion, south of the city, last week. This follows the discovery of at least nine female bodies in the area over a period of months this year.

The case has been postponed to the 9th of November for further investigation. Nyauza remains in custody.

 

20060911: Alleged serial killer in dock Auckland Park Serial Killer News
Families of the victims of an alleged serial killer will hear how their loved ones were murdered when a suspect appears in court this week, police said on Monday. Richard Jabulani Nyauza, who faces 10 counts of murder, is expected to appear in the Pretoria magistrate's court on Thursday, Superintendent Vish Naidoo said. Nyauza, dubbed the Centurion killer, was arrested last Tuesday. He was found at a house in Olievenhoutbosch, Centurion, with an item belonging to a woman whose body was found in the area last Friday. On August 18, residents of Olievenhoutbosch held a protest on the R55 route north of Johannesburg to make women aware that a killer was in the area. At the time, police spokesperson Superintendent Morne Van Wyk said police were not sure there was a serial killer in the area. "We don't have concrete evidence to state that there is a serial killer in the area. However investigation into the killings are continuing," Van Wyk said then. A special task team was set up to investigate the possibility that man was linked to a murder committed in 2002 and the multiple murders committed between January and in Samrand earlier this month. The task team consisted of police officials from the investigative psychology unit, the serious and violent crimes unit and detectives from the Wierda Bridge police station.
 

20060910: Suspect at victims' funeral Auckland Park Serial Killer News
The suspected serial killer who was arrested in connection with the murders of 10 women in Olievenhoutbosch, Tshwane, apparently attended the mass funeral of five of his victims. Shocked residents said Jabulani Nyauza, who was arrested this week and has since appeared in court, was seen at the funeral of five of the women whose decomposing bodies were found at a nearby quarry. The five women were among nine bodies found at the quarry between January and July. Police discovered the tenth body of an unidentified woman at a nearby quarry last Friday. 'Humble and kind' "We can't believe that this reserved man, a regular churchgoer, is the villain,? said a resident who did not want to be named. Others described Nyauza as a humble and kind person. Police spokesperson Sally de Beer said the man had been positively linked to one of the murders, committed in 2002. She said that when police arrested Nyauza on Tuesday an item belonging to the tenth victim was found in his possession. De Beer would not say what the item was as investigations were continuing. She did not want to divulge more information about the arrest, but said the investigations were thorough and extensive. Nyauza faced one count of murder for the 2002 killing when he appeared in Pretoria magistrate's court on Thursday. He was remanded and the case postponed to September 14. Gripped by fear De Beer said police were investigating the possibility that Nyauza was linked to the other murders. Olievenhoutbosch, a squatter settlement near Centurion, has been gripped by fear since the first body was discovered at a quarry in January. Residents this week said they were relieved and hoped that police had the man who was terrorising the community.
 

20060909: Serial killer suspect may have had help Auckland Park Serial Killer News
Residents of Olievenhoutbosch, north of Johannesburg, are "confused" about the arrest of a suspected serial killer in their community, who may be behind the murders of at least 10 women in the area this year. Richard Jabulani Nyauza, 36, of Olievenhoutbosch, was arrested on Tuesday and has appeared in court. He has so far been charged only in connection with the murder of one unknown woman, who was murdered in 2002, even though police found an item on his premises which belonged to a woman whose body was found in the veld last Friday. Police have discovered 10 bodies - only four of which have been identified - in varying stages of decomposition, and although they have admitted that the modus operandi had been the same in all the cases, they refuse to confirm it is the work of a serial killer. But Freeman Lukhele, chairperson of the local community policing forum (CPF), said Nyauza's arrest was little consolation for some community members, who believe that he may have had accomplices. "The community feel happy that [Nyauza] was caught but they still live in fear. They do not believe that he could have done this alone. They say it could have been a gang. It was a big job - too big for just one person." Lukhele added that the CPF would continue to urge the community to be "extra-careful until police release the full story about the serial killer". Ward councillor Stephinah Morudi said: "We are not sure that he is the serial killer. For now he is still a suspect. The court has to prove whether he is guilty, and we will be happier if we hear the court has proven his guilt." Last month, the community and the Wierdabrug police station paid for the burial of five of the unidentified women at a mass funeral. "We were so respectful," Morudi said of the funeral. "It was as if we knew those people, and we did not know even one of them." Meanwhile national police spokesperson Director Sally de Beer said investigators were working around the clock, following up evidence. It was reported on Friday that Nyauza had been taken on an in-loco inspection in Olievenhoutbosch, but this could not be confirmed. "We are investigating all possibilities and will not rule out anything at this stage," said De Beer.
 

20060908: Cops widen search for serial killer Auckland Park Serial Killer News
Police spent hours on Thursday searching fields for more victims of the serial killer who has been terrifying residents in the south of the city. Meanwhile, Richard Jabulani Nyauza, 36, appeared in the Pretoria magistrate's court on Thursday in connection with the murder of an unknown woman in Centurion in September 2002. Nyauza was arrested on Tuesday evening after police raided his Olievenhoutbosch home when they received a tip-off that he had information on a spate of killings in the area. Since January the bodies of 12 semi-naked women have been found in and around the Olievenhoutbosch township and in fields in Samrand. The last body was discovered on Friday morning by members of the Gauteng police K9 Search and Rescue Unit while conducting a weekly search in the fields where the killer has been dumping his victims. It is believed that Nyauza has been providing detectives with information on the killings. Police who were spotted searching the killer's apparent dumping grounds yesterday said they were conducting a routine search for bodies. They declined to comment further. The searches began after the discovery of the fifth victim in April this year. National police spokesperson Director Sally de Beer confirmed that Nyauza had appeared in court in connection with the 2002 murder. She said the case was postponed until September 14 and Nyauza had been remanded in custody. "It is anticipated that further charges could be added," she added. "Detectives following up on different threads of evidence believe he is linked to certain offences." De Beer said Nyauza was co-operating with detectives and that police were following up on various other leads.
 

20060907: Alleged serial killer appears in Pretoria court Auckland Park Serial Killer News
A 36-year-old man, suspected of being a serial killer, has briefly appeared in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court. He has been charged on one count of murder pending further investigations to establish if he can be linked to nine other murders committed in Olievenhoutbiosch, near Centurion, south of Pretoria. The case has been postponed until September 24. Rapist linked to 2002 murder Police are also investigating the possibility that the man could be linked to at least one other murder in 2002 as well as multiple murders committed between January and September this year. At least 10 bodies have been found over the past few months, causing alarm that there may be a serial killer on the loose. All victims were women. Their bodies were found at different spots in the Olievenhoutbosch area, as well as near the Samrand off-ramp in Centurion. Recently five of the bodies were buried during at a mass funeral at Olievenhoutbosch, after their bodies were claimed by family members.
 

20060907: Suspected Centurion serial-killer in court Auckland Park Serial Killer News
A 36-year-old man appeared in the Pretoria magistrate's court on Thursday in connection with a series of murders near Samrand Avenue, Centurion, the office of the national police commissioner said. Richard Jabulani Nyauza was arrested on Tuesday in his Olievenhoutbosch house, said Director Sally de Beer. "An item belonging to a woman whose body was found in Centurion last Friday, was discovered on his premises." The case was postponed to next Thursday for further investigations. Nyauza remained in custody. He recently became a suspect after detectives, following up on different pieces of evidence, became convinced that he could be linked to certain offences, De Beer said. She said it was anticipated, as the investigation continued, that further charges could be added. In the latest discovery last Friday, the body of a woman was found near Samrand Quarry. Police did not know the exact cause of her death. According to reports, the woman was the tenth victim found in the area since January. "Our psychologists are investigating whether Nyauza is a serial killer or not," De Beer said. A special task team was set up to investigate the possibility that the man was linked to a murder committed in 2002, as well as the multiple murders committed between January and September 2006 in Samrand. The task team consisted of police officials from the investigative psychology unit, the serious and violent crimes unit and detectives from the Wierda Bridge police station.
 

20060907: Centurion serial killer nabbed Auckland Park Serial Killer News
A 36-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a spate of murders in Samrand, Centurion, the office of the national police commissioner said on Wednesday. "On Tuesday at 6.40pm members of a police task team arrested a male at a house in Olievenhoutbosch, Centurion," said spokesperson Director Sally de Beer. In the latest discovery on Friday, the body of a woman was found near Samrand Quarry. Police did not know the exact cause of her death. According to reports, the woman was the tenth victim found in the area since January. "Lets put it to you this way, our psychologists are investigating whether this man is a serial killer or not," De Beer said. A special task team was set up to investigate the possibility that the man was linked to a murder committed in 2002 as well as the multiple murders committed between January and September 2006 in Samrand. The task team consists of police officials from the investigative psychology unit, the serious and violent crimes unit and detectives from the Wierda Bridge police station. De Beer said the man was expected to appear in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on Thursday. "The South African Police Service will use all investigative methods and tools at our disposal in order to ensure that justice is served. "As all victims in the cases being investigated are females and one of our top priorities is preventing and combating crimes against women and children, every endeavour will be made to build a solid factual case for presentation to the court should evidence gathered indicate that the suspect is indeed positively linked to the crimes," De Beer said.
 

20060906: Man arrested in connection with serial killings Auckland Park Serial Killer News

Police have made a breakthrough following the arrest of a 36-year-old man - believed to be a serial killer - at a house in Olievenhoutbosch near Centurion in the south of Tshwane. They are investigating the possibility that the man could be linked to at least one murder in 2002 as well as multiple murders committed between January and September this year.

At least ten bodies have been found over the past few months, causing alarm that there may be a serial killer on the loose. All victims were women. Their bodies were found at different spots in the Olievenhoutbosch area, as well as near the Samrand off-ramp in Centurion. Five of the women have not been identified yet.

Police earlier appointed a special task team - including detectives of Wierda Bridge police station, members of the police's investigative psychology unit, and the serious and violent crimes unit. Sally de Beer of the SAPS says detectives are investigating the possibility that this man could be linked to at least one murder in 2002, and multiple murders that occurred from January to September this year. "So I think as investigations continue, we will be able to establish whether we are talking about a serial killer here," she said.

Recently five of the bodies were buried during at a mass funeral at Olievenhoutbosch, after their bodies were claimed by family members.
The suspect is expected to appear in court tomorrow.

 

20060904: Centurion serial killer breakthrough Auckland Park Serial Killer News
Eyewitness News learnt on Wednesday that police have made a breakthrough in their investigations into the Centurion serial killer. At least ten bodies have been found over the past few months, sparking fears that a serial killer is on the loose. A special police task team was established to probe the murders. All the victims were women. Sources have told Eyewitness News that a man was taken in for questioning late last night. He is from the Olievenhoutsbosch area and is believed to have been involved in the murders. It is also believed the man has previously served time in jail and can also be linked to murders committed in the area some years ago.
 

20060820: South Africa buries serial killer victims Johannesburg Serial Killer News
Hundreds of frightened South Africans attended the funeral yesterday of five women believed to be the victims of a serial killer blamed for as many as nine murders near Johannesburg. Nine bodies have been discovered since January, dumped in open fields near the town of Centurion, north of Johannesburg. Only four have been identified by friends or family members. On Friday, hundreds of residents of nearby townships gathered near a major roadway to express their concern, some holding placards reading “Don’t Kill Us”, newspapers reported. Yesterday’s mass funeral for the five unidentified victims drew government officials including Mayor Gwen Ramagopa of Tshwane, the municipality which encompasses South Africa’s capital Pretoria. “They will expect us to double and triple our efforts to ensure that women are respected, women are safe,” Ramagopa said.
 

20060819: Mayor addresses funeral of serial killer victims Auckland Park Serial Killer News
Gwen Ramagopa, the Tshwane executive mayor, says the murders of nine women in the Olievenhoudbosch area have given the community and the government extra reason to rid society of crime. She was addressing residents at the burial service for five of the victims who had not been identified. The women's bodies were found between January and July this year, and are believed to be the victims of a serial killer. Hundreds of community members gathered in a tent in the township this morning for a church service before the victims were buried at a local cemetery. Ramagopa says the one way to give the slain women back their dignity is to find the culprit.
 

20060819: Mayor addresses funeral of serial killer victims Auckland Park Serial Killer News

Gwen Ramagopa, the Tshwane executive mayor, says the murders of nine women in the Olievenhoudbosch area have given the community and the government extra reason to rid society of crime. She was addressing residents at the burial service for five of the victims who had not been identified.

The women's bodies were found between January and July this year, and are believed to be the victims of a serial killer. Hundreds of community members gathered in a tent in the township this morning for a church service before the victims were buried at a local cemetery.

Ramagopa says the one way to give the slain women back their dignity is to find the culprit.

 

20060818: Residents picket in protest against women killings Auckland Park Serial Killer News
Residents have joined a picket along the R55 road in protest against the increasing number of women being killed in the Centurion area, south of Pretoria. Nine women suspected of being the victims of a serial killer will be buried in a mass funeral at a local cemetery tomorrow. Stephinah Morudi, a local ward councillor, says the protest is aimed at creating community awareness. She says the community of the informal settlement have pledged to work with the police in search of the person responsible.
 

20060818: Residents protest about serial killer Pretoria Serial Killer News
Fears that a serial killer is on the prowl have sparked a protest on Friday by residents of Olivenhoutbos, between Johannesburg and Pretoria, a Tshwane city councillor said. Ward councillor Stephina Morudi said: "The protest is an awareness (exercise), particularly to women to be aware of the killer in the area." Morudi said over 3 000 women and men joined the protests. Placards were carried with words such as "Stop killing our women", "Olivenhoutbos is not a dumping area", "African men must take care of us as women", "Don't kill us" and "Stop Abuse". Morudi said: "We are working together with the police to find this killer. "The victims are not people in the area but bodies get dumped in the settlement." Superintendent Morne Van Wyk said police were not sure that there was a serial killer in the area. "We don't have concrete evidence to state that there is a serial killer in the area. However investigation into the killings are continuing." Bodies of nine women have been found around the settlement. Only four of the nine bodies were identified. The five unidentified will be buried on Saturday, police said. The protest on the R55 route north of Johannesburg was held from 5am to 9.30am on Friday. More protests will follow on Saturday when the five bodies are buried, Morudi said. Members of the public - especially women and children - were advised to walk in groups, especially at night, said Morudi.
 

20060818: Warnings of a "serial killer" Auckland Park Serial Killer News
Fears that a serial killer is on the prowl have sparked a protest on Friday by residents of Olivenhoutbos, between Johannesburg and Pretoria, a Tshwane city councillor said. Ward councillor Stephina Morudi said: "The protest is an awareness (exercise), particularly to women to be aware of the killer in the area." Morudi said over 3 000 women and men joined the protests. Placards were carried with words such as "Stop killing our women", "Olivenhoutbos is not a dumping area", "African men must take care of us as women", "Don't kill us" and "Stop Abuse". Morudi said: "We are working together with the police to find this killer. "The victims are not people in the area but bodies get dumped in the settlement." Superintendent Morne Van Wyk said police were not sure that there was a serial killer in the area. "We don't have concrete evidence to state that there is a serial killer in the area. However investigation into the killings are continuing." Bodies of nine women have been found around the settlement. Only four of the nine bodies were identified. The five unidentified will be buried on Saturday, police said. The protest on the R55 route north of Johannesburg was held from 05:00 to 09:30 on Friday. More protests will follow on Saturday when the five bodies are buried, Morudi said. Members of the public - especially women and children - were advised to walk in groups, especially at night, said Morudi.
 

20060531: Serial killer may be on the loose in Centurion Pretoria Serial Killer News
Pretoria police have confirmed that they have set up a task team to investigate the possibility that a serial killer is on the loose around the Olievenhoutsbosch informal settlement area in Centurion. The bodies of nine women have been discovered in the area over the past few months.
 

20060422: Two decomposed female bodies found Pretoria Serial Killer News
Two decomposed bodies of unidentified women were found in different spots in a bush in Olievenhoutbosch, Pretoria police said today. Paul Ramoloko, an inspector with the police, said the bodies were found by members of the public on Friday. "We don't know the motive of the killings or whether a serial activity is involved". An inquest docket has been opened, Ramoloko said.
 


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