OVER 50 people crammed the magistrate Court yesterday to see alleged serial killer number two Simiso Dube as he made his remand hearing at the Manzini Magistrates’ Court.
Dube is alleged to have sodomised and raped children before strangling them to death and dumping their bodies in forests around Bhunya. The 29-year-old suspect of Ncabaneni area also faces robbery charges.
Dube becomes the second suspect serial killer on Swazi soil after David Simelane who allegedly strangled 34 women and children to death and dumped them in forests around Malkerns, Bhunya, and Mankayane. Dube is said to have strangled young Sibonakaliso Bhengu with a shoelace to death after sodomising him. Bhengu disappeared from home in 2002.
He is also accused of murdering Lokulunga Simelane (11) who was found naked at Emapulazini area in September 2002. Simelane is believed to have been raped before being killed. He is also said to have killed Njabulo Mndzebele (5) who was found at Ncabaneni hanging from a tree with both hands and legs missing.
Dube will re-appear in court for a remand hearing on August 10, 2006.
Some of the people who came to court, mostly relatives of the victims, called for a speedy trial, saying they needed to bury the deceased as soon as possible.
“We don’t want another experience of David [Simelane] whose trial took years to be heard in court,” said one of the relatives.