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20060826: Hero who helped catch a serial killer Johannesburg Serial Killer News
No one has seen Alfred Nyanga for almost three years but the family of little Tina Bernardes will always remember the homeless man as a hero for helping put her killer behind bars. This week in the Johannesburg High Court, serial killer and child rapist Sipho Dube was sentenced to 10 life sentences for seven murders - including the death of 11-year-old Tina - and three rapes. He was sentenced to an additional 114 years for a host of other crimes, including indecent assault and kidnapping. And it was a chance encounter between Nyanga - who had vital information about Dube - and Tina's uncle, Mario, shortly after her disappearance in November 2003 that led to his arrest. Since then, though, Nyanga has vanished, according to the police and the Bernardes family, who have trawled the inner city in search of him. "We tried to trace him [Nyanga] several times for the better half of three years to thank him for his help, but he is nowhere to be found," Bernardes said this week. It was on November 8, 2003 when Dube approached Tina's aunt, Maria Johnson, and conned her into believing that he wanted her to sell cellphones for him. That day, she was selling clothes in Jules Street, Jeppestown, and so she told Tina and her cousin to accompany Dube to collect the phones. Tina's cousin ran away while walking with Dube, but Tina continued. She never returned. Her family and community searched through the night for her, with Bernardes distributing hundreds of flyers displaying his niece's photograph. "A whole community of people across the race barrier were out there that day helping us look for our girl," Bernardes recalled. A few hours later, Bernardes met Nyanga, who was homeless and living under the M2 East interchange bridge. He told Bernardes that he had seen Dube walking with a white girl towards the highway. He recognised Dube, he said, because he often saw him at a scrapyard in Eloff Street. Bernardes gave Nyanga R50 and asked him to phone him if he saw Dube again. The next day, Nyanga phoned Bernardes and informed him that Dube was at the scrapyard. Bernardes and his brother, Joaquim, hurried to the scrapyard, where Nyanga pointed Dube out to them. They took Nyanga to Johnson, who confirmed that he was the man with whom she had sent Tina. Bernardes contacted the police, and they arrested Dube. "There are no heroes in any of this. We were out there looking for someone [Tina] who meant a lot to our family. But if there's anyone who you can call a hero, it was Alfred. He put his life at risk for us," Bernardes said. Chief investigator Superintendent Piet Byleveld said the police believed Nyanga had "vanished", and despite a massive police search to locate him to testify in Dube's trial, he was never seen again after he pointed Dube out to Bernardes. "He was an important state witness he helped us to track Dube down. He was important in that he actually saw her [Tina]. We've tried to find him for the last three years. Even before we closed the state's case, we were trying to trace him. But at least we got a conviction. At the end of the day, that's what matters," Byleveld said. If it wasn't for Tina's death, "no one would've known about this Sipho Dube", said Bernardes. "His sentence shows that if you are out there hurting and murdering people, it will catch up with you. May he rot in hell for the rest of his life." He added: "We only know a quarter of his crimes, what he confessed to. After all this hype is over, a lot more people may come forward to tell what he did to them. "We must protect our children."
 

20060823: Serial killer in South Africa gets ten life sentences Johannesburg Serial Killer News
A South African serial killer was sentenced to ten life terms in prison on Wednesday for "showing no mercy at all to his victims," among them children and teenagers. Sipho Dube was convicted of seven murders and three rapes. The Johannesburg High Court sentenced the 27-year-old to one life term for each of these crimes and an additional 114 years for crimes ranging from 11 counts of kidnapping, six of indecent assault and one count of robbery. His victims included children in their teens and an adult in a series of murders between May 2001 and early 2004. Presiding Judge Seun Moshidi said Dube showed no remorse for his actions. Throughout the court case, Dube threated, cursed and tried to attack the relatives of his victims who attended the hearing. Dube was apprehended by the family of one of his victims in late 2003 and delivered to police, but he later escaped and was rearrested several months later. The conclusion of the case against Dube comes as police investigators probe a string of murders near Centurion outside Pretoria. Since January, the bodies of nine women - some of them unidentified - have been found dumped on vacant land near the town. Although police have declined to say the murders are the work of a serial killer, members of nearby communities are convinced that this is the case and have expressed fear for their safety. Several cases involving serial killers have made headlines in South Africa over the last decade with few of the perpetrators caught. The country's worst serial killer, Moses Sithole, was apprehended in 1995 in the wake of a two-year killing spree in which 38 women died. In 1997 he was sentenced to 2,410 years in prison for the murder and rape of the women he lured to their deaths with job offers.
 

20060823: Mercy sought for serial killer-rapist Johannesburg Serial Killer News
"How can the court show mercy to the accused when he did not show any mercy to his (rape and murder) victims?" This point was made by Judge Seun Moshidi in the Johannesburg High Court on Tuesday in answer to a defence plea to see mine dump child serial killer and rapist Sipho Dube "as a human being". Attorney Jesse Penton also asked the court to be merciful when sentencing Dube. The state argued that Dube treated his victims with contempt and deserved to be handed nine life sentences for six of the seven murders and three rapes. The state and the defence were submitting their arguments in aggravation and mitigation of sentence before Judge Moshidi and his two assessors in a packed court. Last week the court convicted 27-year-old Dube, of Mhlumayo in the KwaZulu Natal town of Ladysmith, on 30 counts, which include seven murders, three rapes, six indecent assaults, 10 kidnappings, one of theft, one of common assault and another of assault. He was acquitted on 11 charges, including seven kidnappings, two robberies, one of escaping from custody and one of trying to steal a car. Dube preyed on boys and girls aged between 9 and 16 in his hometown and in Johannesburg between May 2001 and January 2004. His oldest victim was 39-year-old Rashunthee Singh, whom he murdered in Ladysmith in May 2001. He lured his victims under false pretences and took them to deserted spots where he raped and sodomised them, and even killed by strangling them and crushing their skulls with rocks. 'Unthinkable fear' State advocate Joannie Spies said Dube did not show remorse. "He didn't commit the crimes on the spur of the moment. He made use of his 'comfort zones'. "By inventing a con story (to lure his victims), he made sure they trusted him. He monitored police investigations by being at or close to the scene." Spies asked the court to imprison Dube for life for the murders of Lukhanyo Kuwane, 10, Nomnikelo Jumba, 14, cousins Anele, nine, and Siyabonga Mbuka, 12, Thabo Dlongolo, 13, and Tina Bernardes, 11. Spies also called for life for the rape of a nine-year-old girl and two life sentences for the double rape of an 11-year-old girl. She likened Dube's modus operandi in the rapes to that of paedophile Fanwell Khumalo, serving 40 life sentences for raping more than 40 schoolgirls aged between six and 16. Spies said Dube carefully planned his actions and she described him as a callous person whose murder victims had gone through "unthinkable fear and torture before they were murdered". Arguing in mitigation of sentence, Penton challenged police forensic psychologist Dr Gerard Labuschagne's evidence that his client could not be rehabilitated. "Dr Labuschagne was not a good witness. There is no firm basis (in his report) about what motivates a serial killer. "There is nothing to suggest the accused would remain a danger to society for the rest of his life." However, Penton conceded that the accused had been convicted on serious charges. He asked the court to order that all sentences run concurrently, which would allow Dube to be considered for parole after serving 25 years. Penton asked the court to look at Dube as a human being and show mercy. The court was expected to pass sentence on Wednesday.
 

20060822: Prosecutor calls for harsh sentence for serial killer Johannesburg Serial Killer News
Convicted paedophile and serial killer Sipho Dube should be jailed for life, prosecutor Joanie Spies told the Johannesburg High Court on Tuesday. In pre-sentence submissions Spies said Dube's crimes were premeditated and he had treated his victims with "absolute contempt". She called for life sentences for the three rape charges and six child murders. Dube (27) was convicted of 31 crimes: The murders of six children in Johannesburg and a woman in Ladysmith between May 2001 and January 2004, 11 kidnappings, three rapes, six indecent assaults, one assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, one common assault, one robbery and one theft. Spies described how one child went through "agony and humiliation". Another was battered with "at least six blows to the face" and the bodies of two children were never found. Spies said that if life imprisonment is imposed, Dube will probably be eligible for parole after 25 years. She asked the court to give some direction to the Department of Correctional Services on this. Defence attorney Jesse Penton said he could not argue against the number and seriousness of the charges, but asked the court to see Dube "as a human being" and allow him to serve the sentences concurrently. The courtroom was packed, mainly with legal students from the University of Johannesburg. Dube sat with his head on his knees. A court orderly told one woman to move her crutch out of reach of Dube, who has previously tried to attack the victim's families and journalists.
 

20060817: Judge stunned as serial killer vents fury Cape Town Serial Killer News
Swearing, making death threats and trying to hurl a microphone at his victims' families, Sipho Dube shows the violent streak of a person who committed seven murders and three rapes. In total, the 30-year-old Dube has been convicted of 31 crimes, including the murder of six children and a woman; the rape of three girls; the indecent assault of six boys; and two additional charges of assault and one of theft. Before a shocked Johannesburg High Court on Wednesday, Dube displayed the rage and violence that has made him one of the country's worst serial killers. Judging by his temper and his contempt for the court on previous occasions, Dube was bound to explode; he just needed the spark to ignite him. A commotion in court on Wednesday during Dube's sentencing was triggered by the presence inside court 2F of photographers who wanted to take pictures of the man dubbed the "mine dump child serial killer". Infuriated by the attempts to photograph him, he demonstrated his aggression and temper when he tried to attack journalists and family members of some of his victims, before being stopped by half-a-dozen policemen. During the lunch adjournment, relatives of Dube's victims taunted him, telling him to face the cameras and not to cower in the dock and cover his face with his woollen hat. "The world needs to see the face of a serial killer," they yelled. "The blood of our children will haunt you to your grave. You will rot in hell," shouted an emotional family member of one of Dube's victims. Dube shot back furiously, hurling abuse at those confronting him about his crimes. In a fit of rage, he pulled out a microphone from the dock and tried to throw it at the victims' families in the gallery, before being stopped. When The Star's graphic artist, Wilson Mgobhozi, tried to sketch him, Dube shouted: "I don't want to be sketched! Why are you doing that? I will come to you and strangle you!" The commotion resulted in the police removing the accused from the dock to the basement cells. Just before the court resumed after lunch, Dube refused to come out of the cells, demanding that police remove photographers from the court. He eventually came out after the police had used "reasonable force" to bring him up. Testifying in aggravation of sentence, police forensic psychologist Gerald Labuschagne told the court that Dube was a "serial sexual murderer and paedophile" who could not be rehabilitated. "Studies prove that child molesters are most difficult to rehabilitate... in this instance, the accused qualifies," said Labuschagne. He added that the accused's motive in committing the crimes was not primarily material gain. Dube's crime patterns showed that he had elements of being a "power-control murderer". Also, he had used his intelligence to gain his young victims' trust. In cases where serial killers target adult women, they would use false stories like offering them a job, said Labuschagne. In cases where people like Dube target children, their con story would be to ask for directions or pretend to be a figure of authority, such as a policeman. Asked by the court what motivated serial killers to commit these kinds of offences, Labuschagne said there was no definitive answer, but the theory was that most of them did not feel part of society - they were loners, had no friends or girlfriends, or were sexually molested at a young age. In mitigation of sentence, the defence called Dube's aunt, Sibongile Mkhize, who testified that her nephew had had a normal upbringing, but they had noticed he was troublesome at an early age, and as he got older, his crimes became a lot worse. Mkhize pinned all the blame on Dube's paternal family, saying "his father failed to perform imbeleko - a traditional ceremony - for him and this led to his bad behaviour".
 

20060817: Serial killer claims rights abuse Johannesburg Serial Killer News
The case of convicted paedophile and serial murder Sipho Dube was postponed on Thursday because his lawyer, Jesse Penton, had to attend to his ailing mother. Johannesburg High Court prosecutor Joanie Spies told that court that Penton's mother was gravely ill in hospital and asked the matter to be postponed to next Tuesday. This was not taken lightly by the families of Dube's victims. One of the mothers, Nandi Kuwane, said the postponements were just adding salt to their wounds. "I can't wait for this case to be finalised. The longer it takes, the more traumatising it is." Kuwane's son was one of the six children murdered by Dube between May 2001 and January 2004. Dube was found guilty of the murders of six children in Johannesburg and an adult woman, aged 38, whom he killed in Ladysmith. He was also found guilty of ten kidnappings, one theft, one robbery, one common assault and one assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. Just before Judge Seun Moshidi postponed the matter, Dube addressed the court saying his constitutional rights were being violated by the media. "My rights are being violated by photographers who constantly take photos of me whenever I walk from the holding cells to the dock."
 

20060817: Victims' families unhappy as serial-killer case postponed Johannesburg Serial Killer News
The case of convicted paedophile and serial murderer Sipho Dube was postponed on Thursday because his lawyer, Jesse Penton, had to attend to his ailing mother. Johannesburg High Court prosecutor Joanie Spies told the court that Penton's mother was gravely ill in hospital and asked the matter to be postponed to next Tuesday. This was not taken lightly by the families of Dube's victims. One of the mothers, Nandi Kuwane, said the postponements were just adding salt to their wounds. "I can't wait for this case to be finalised. The longer it takes, the more traumatising it is." Kuwane's son, Lukhanyo, was one of the six children murdered by Dube between May 2001 and January 2004. Dube was found guilty of the murders of six children in Johannesburg and an adult woman, aged 38, whom he killed in Ladysmith. He was also found guilty of 10 kidnappings, one theft, one robbery, one common assault and one assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. Just before Judge Seun Moshidi postponed the matter, Dube, who had pulled his woollen hat to cover his face, addressed the court saying his constitutional rights were being violated by the media. "My rights are being violated by photographers who constantly take photos of me whenever I walk from the holding cells to the dock," Dube said.
 

20060816: Serial killer a 'troubled kid' Johannesburg Serial Killer News
Convicted paedophile and serial killer Sipho Dube, 30, was a troubled child who often stole from his grandmother and absconded from school. This emerged in the Johannesburg High Court on Wednesday when Dube's aunt Sibongile Mkhize testified. She was called to court by Dube's lawyer Jessie Penton, who was arguing in mitigation of sentence. She blamed Dube's behaviour on his paternal family, saying they failed to organise a traditional ceremony known as imbeleko for him. Imbeleko is a traditional ceremony where a man pays money to the family of the woman he impregnated. "On realising that reprimanding him was of no help we decided to take him to ritual healers who said he always engaged in wrongdoing because of the unfulfilled traditional ceremony." Mkhize said Dube's behaviour got worse after a bus accident that confined him to a hospital bed for four months. "After the accident he engaged in house breaking." Mkhize's testimony was confirmed by state prosecutor Joanie Spies who said Dube was once sentenced to three months imprisonment for housebreaking he committed at Ladysmith in January 1999. "Two years before the 1999 conviction he served an 18-month sentence for attempted theft, also in Ladysmith." Dube was last week found guilty of murdering six children and a woman, raping three girls and indecently assaulting boys. Judge Seun Moshidi also convicted Dube, 30, of 10 kidnappings, one theft, one robbery, one common assault and one assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. Spies has called a police forensic pathologist, Dr Gerald Labuschagne, for a pre-bail sentencing report.
 

20060816: Court hears that murderer cannot be rehabilitated Johannesburg Serial Killer News
Sipho Dube is a serial murderer and paedophile who cannot be rehabilitated, a police forensic psychologist told the Johannesburg High Court on Wednesday. "Studies prove that child molesters are most difficult to rehabilitate ... In this instance the accused qualifies," said Dr Gerald Labuschagne. Dube (30) was found guilty last week of murdering six children and a woman, raping three girls and indecently assaulting boys. Labuschagne was testifying in aggravation of Dube's sentence. He said denial of responsibility for the criminal acts, as in Dube's case, was seen as "the first and largest stumbling block in any rehabilitation process". Asked what the motivation of jailing Dube was when there were no prospects of positive rehabilitation, Labuschagne told judge Seun Moshidi that there was no option but to jail Dube as he was a threat to society. Labuschagne also said there were possibilities that more children could have been molested or even killed if Dube was never arrested. "It is common for sexual serial murderers to escalate their crimes as time goes by ... even if they were to receive the most desirable rehabilitation programme, because their risk of re-offending increases with each passing year ... as long as their sex drive remains." He said Dube's intelligence gained him the trust of his young victims. "He had to have a sophisticated form of manipulation for him to get his victims to do what he wanted ... going with him wherever he asked them to." Just before Labuschagne took the witness stand, Dube's aunt Sibongile Mkhize told the court that her nephew had had a troubled childhood. She said Dube often stole from his grandmother and even skipped school until he dropped out when doing standard two. Mkhize pinned all the blame on Dube's paternal family, saying they had failed to carry out their traditional obligations. "His father failed to perform imbeleko -- a traditional ceremony -- for him and this led to his bad behaviour." She said the family was told this after taking Dube to spiritual healers for help. But consulting the healers never helped as Dube's behaviour worsened. "He started getting involved in housebreakings," Mkhize said. The housebreakings she referred to were confirmed when state prosecutor Joanie Spies said Dube was once sentenced to three months' imprisonment for a housebreaking he committed at Ladysmith in January 1999. Apart from the 1999 conviction, he was also said to have served an 18-month term for attempted theft, also in Ladysmith. Dube was also convicted of 10 kidnappings, one theft, one robbery, one common assault and one assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. On Wednesday Dube swore at photographers who tried to take photographs of him -- even attempting to throw a bottle and a microphone at them. The hearing continues Thursday.
 

20060808: Sipho Dube convicted of murder Johannesburg Serial Killer News
The Johannesburg High Court found Sipho Dube guilty on Tuesday of murdering six children and a woman, raping three girls and indecently assaulting boys. Judge Seun Moshidi also convicted Dube (30) of 10 kidnappings, one theft, one robbery, one common assault and one assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. "I conclude that the state has proven the accused guilty beyond reasonable doubt," he said. "It is highly unlikely that all police officers and witnesses will conspire against the accused and falsely implicate him." Describing a number of crimes with the same modus operandi, Moshidi said Dube had twice been present at murder scenes. "On one occasion, he insisted police should go up a hill and while there, he showed them a bloodied school blazer and books ... saying the murdered girl, Nomnikelo Jumba (14) had been raped there before the killing," he said. "The accused was also present at the murder scene of Lukhanyo Kuwane (10) ... whose body was found badly battered and later confirmed he had a fractured skull and suffered severe brain damage." Based on this, Moshidi said: "The totality of evidence points towards the guilt of the accused ... circumstantial evidence and his presence on the murder scenes clearly points to his involvement in the matters." Taking the modus operandi argument further, the judge said two other murdered victims -- a woman from Ladysmith and 11-year-old Tina Bernardes of Johannesburg -- had suffered fractured skulls by being hit on the head with stones. "The Bernardes murder was a cruel cold-blooded one. It is similar to that of 39-year-old Rashunthee Singh who died a painful death ... the stones used to hit them on their heads were found near their bodies," Moshidi said. Also, he referred to incidents were Dube had lured his young victims by offering them toys, cellphones, asking them to help carry his luggage for reward or even offering to fix electrical appliances. Although Dube had denied that he had voluntarily taken police to murder scenes, the judge found that to be "improbable". "It is highly improbable that senior police officers could set out to falsely implicate the accused." Two of Dube's victims, nine-year-old Anele Mbuku and his 12-year-old cousin Siyabonga Mbuku, were never found after they were kidnapped. The judge ruled Dube was guilty of murdering them, although their bodies were never recovered. At the beginning of his trial in January, Dube pleaded not guilty to all the 41 charges dating from May 2001 to January 2004 in Ladysmith and Johannesburg. He was acquitted on Tuesday on one rape charge, and a number of other charges. The hearing was postponed to next Wednesday for argument in mitigation of sentence.
 

20060807: Rape killings: Calls for "life" Johannesburg Serial Killer News
Alleged serial rapist and multiple murderer Sipho Dube, 30, deserved to be locked up for life, said the uncle of one of his victims on Monday. Joaquin Bernardes was speaking on behalf of the family of murdered 11-year-old Tina Bernardes, whose body was found near a mine dump in November 2003. "We are glad the case is coming to a conclusion and are hoping for a guilty verdict and a life sentence," he said. "It's been exceptionally difficult for the family, especially for Tina's father who is still undergoing counselling." Bernardes' call for conviction and a life jail term for Dube was supported by Nandi Kuwane, a mother who wept when events leading to her 10-year-old son's death were described in Johannesburg High Court earlier this year. As she sat stone faced near the Bernardes during a lunch break on Monday, she said: "My child and others won't come back... but I'm hoping for conviction as well." Kuwane's son, Lukhanyo, was found by a motorist on a roadside near Rosettenville. The child's body had been battered. Six children killed The motorist rushed the boy to hospital in a bid to save his life, but in vain. Lukhanyo and Tina are among the six children killed, allegedly by Dube between May 2001 and March 2004 in Ladysmith and Johannesburg. The seventh murder was that of a 38-year-old woman. Judge Seun Moshidi said in his summary judgment on Monday that the crimes were characterised by the same modus operandi. He said victims - like Tina and Lukhanyo - had been approached in public places and then taken under bridges, or to mine dumps or bushes were they were assaulted, raped and murdered. Also, JUdge Moshidi said Dube had lured his victims by "promising them toys, or pretending to be a police officer or a handyman who could fix electrical appliances for them". "Victims had head injuries, chest wounds and cerebral trauma," he said. Dube has pleaded not guilty to all 41 charges against him. These include seven of murder, 17 of kidnapping, four of rape, six of indecently assaulting girls and boys, three of robbery and one charge each of theft, attempted theft, assault and escaping from custody. Escaped from court Dube was arrested on November 9 2003 after members of the Bernardes family traced him to Maimai Hostel in Johannesburg. But, two months later, Dube escaped from the Wynberg magistrate's court, only to be re-arrested four days later on January 16 2004. His arrest came after he allegedly attempted to steal a car and stabbed the owner. Dube told the arresting officer his name was Clifford Mbatha, until Superintendent Piet Byleveld proved otherwise.
 

20060615: Killer rapist returned to murder scenes Johannesburg Serial Killer News

Sipho Dube was seen as the man behind multiple rapes and murders because four of his alleged victims were attacked near a highway bridge, where he lived.

Dube had also been present at two murder scenes while police were busy with investigations, which showed that he wanted to know about the progress of the investigations relating to those murders.

This evidence was corroborated by the confession Dube made to the police, that he had lured boys and girls, molested them and killed some of them, and that the killings were spontaneous.

These are the conclusions the state drew on the last day of cross-examining the 30-year-old Ladysmith resident in the Johannesburg High Court on Wednesday.

Dube has pleaded not guilty to seven counts of murder, four of rape, six of indecent assault, 17 of kidnapping, three of robbery, theft, attempted theft, assault and escaping custody.

The state has concluded that the accused was "a mine dump child serial killer", who should be convicted on all 41 charges against him.

The state claims the accused targeted boys and girls in Ladysmith and Weenen, KwaZulu Natal, and also in Joburg between May 2001 and January 2004. The oldest victim was a 39-year-old woman, whom he is accused of murdering in Ladysmith in May 2001.

During cross-examination, state advocate Joannie Spies put it to Dube that he was present at the murder scenes of Nomnikelo Jumba, 14, in Bertrams and Lukhanyo Kuwane, 10, in Wemmer Pan, which showed that he wanted to establish how far the police were with their investigation.

In the case of Jumba, who was slain in August 2003, Dube had assisted the police by taking them to the girl's father, who also happened to be the accused's friend and neighbour in Jeppestown.

Spies said Dube's behaviour at the scene showed he knew what had happened to the girl, and his blood-splattered shoes were testimony to that fact. Also, Dube had spoken angrily at the scene, telling people gathered there that Jumba had been raped, argued Spies. He had taken the police up a hill, saying they would find Jumba's school blazer, which they did.

Dube had demonstrated some knowledge relating to the attack on Kuwane, who was found naked and severely injured, next to a main road in Wemmer Pan in September 2003. The boy died in hospital.

When police scoured the veld for evidence, Dube approached Inspector Samuel Ungerer and asked if they needed help with their car, Spies said.

The case is expected to continue on Wednesday.

 

20060426: Child serial killer claims of police toture Auckland Park Serial Killer News

Sipho Dube, the child serial killer, says he was tortured by police to point out the places where his alleged crimes had taken place. Dube is testifying in his defence in the Johannesburg High Court.

Dube is facing 41 charges including murder, rape, kidnapping and indecent assault. He's alleged to have committed his crimes between 2001 and 2004. During cross-examination Joanie Spies quizzed Dube on events he had testified on. She pointed out where Dube contradicted himself and told him that he seemed very confused. Dube said the names of the white police officers had confused him.

Spies also asked Dube why he never looked up while he was testifying. Dube said this was because he had a sore neck and it hurts to look up. He said he was told by his parents to never look at a person in the eyes who had tortured you because if they that person had muti it could kill you. Dube said that he believed Investigating officer Piet Bylevelt, whom he is accusing of assault, had muti.

The case was postponed to Tuesday next week because Dube said he was confused because all the pain he had suffered was coming back to haunt him.

 

20060426: DChild serial killer claims of police toture Johannesburg Serial Killer News
Sipho Dube, the child serial killer, says he was tortured by police to point out the places where his alleged crimes had taken place. Dube is testifying in his defence in the Johannesburg High Court. Dube is facing 41 charges including murder, rape, kidnapping and indecent assault. He's alleged to have committed his crimes between 2001 and 2004. During cross-examination Joanie Spies quizzed Dube on events he had testified on. She pointed out where Dube contradicted himself and told him that he seemed very confused. Dube said the names of the white police officers had confused him. Spies also asked Dube why he never looked up while he was testifying. Dube said this was because he had a sore neck and it hurts to look up. He said he was told by his parents to never look at a person in the eyes who had tortured you because if they that person had muti it could kill you. Dube said that he believed Investigating officer Piet Bylevelt, whom he is accusing of assault, had muti. The case was postponed to Tuesday next week because Dube said he was confused because all the pain he had suffered was coming back to haunt him.
 

20060331: Moods part of a serial killer's make-up Johannesburg Serial Killer News

It came as no surprise when an alleged serial killer first became confrontational, then later changed his attitude before confessing to a detective.

This point was made yesterday by top investigator Superintendent Piet Byleveld in the Johannesburg High Court during a trial-within-a-trial.

He was explaining the rationale behind Sipho Dube's cooperative and friendly behaviour when being investigated for a string of crimes.

Byleveld, who was disputing the defence's evidence that he forced Dube to make incriminating statements and to point out alleged crime scenes, said this was the typical behaviour of serial killers. He referred to many other such killers he had investigated before.

Dube (30), of Ladysmith, is on trial on 41 counts including seven of murder, four of rape, six of indecent assault, 17 of kidnapping, three of robbery, theft, attempted theft, assault and escaping from lawful custody.

The accused has denied having terrorised communities in Ladysmith and Weenen in KwaZulu Natal and also in Johannesburg between May 2001 and January 2004.

He allegedly preyed on boys and girls aged between 9 and 16, sodomising and raping them and killing some of them.

Cross-examined by defence counsel Jesse Penton, Byleveld stuck to his earlier evidence that Dube had phoned him in April 2004, saying he wanted to point out alleged crime scenes in Wemmer Pan, Moffat Park and Mayfair in Joburg and also in Ladysmith.

He denied his investigative team had assaulted the accused. Before Dube pointed out the alleged crime scenes, he was warned of his constitutional rights, and he had indicated that he understood them.

Byleveld added that after Dube was arrested on November 9 2003 he was unco- operative.

However, his attitude later changed, and he even asked for an isiZulu Bible in prison.

The trial continues.

 

20060330: No bodies found as Dube reveals crime scene Cape Town Serial Killer News

Sleuth cop Superintendent Piet Byleveld gave a Bible to a suspected serial killer and rapist after the suspect's arrest.

It was after this encounter that Sipho Dube gained the trust of Byleveld and later phoned him and volunteered to point out the alleged crime scenes in Ladysmith and Johannesburg.

Although Dube pointed out the alleged crime scenes, there is one particular case which still troubles the police.

Dube had pointed out the scene where he allegedly murdered nine-year-old Anele Mbuku and his 12-year-old cousin Siyabonga Mbuku in Mayfair, Johannesburg, in September 2003.

But, two-and-a-half years later, the police have not found the boys' bodies.

This emerged in the Johannesburg High Court on Wednesday when Byleveld was testifying about his investigations during a trial-within-a-trial in the case of 30-year-old Dube, who has denied all 41 charges against him.

He is charged with seven murders, four rapes, six indecent assaults, 17 kidnappings, three robberies, theft, assault and escaping from custody after having allegedly gone on a crime spree between May 2001 and January 2004 in Weenen and Ladysmith in KwaZulu-Natal and also in Johannesburg.

Byleveld told the court that he was appointed the lead investigator on November 12, 2003, when Dube made his court appearance over the murder of 11-year-old schoolgirl Tina Bernardes.

During one of his consultations with Dube, the accused had asked him to bring him a copy of an isiZulu Bible in prison.

It was after this that they began having a friendly relationship and Dube co-operated with Byleveld.

Testifying about Dube's three-month-long disappearance between January and March 2004, Byleveld said this had angered him.

The accused had allegedly escaped from the Wynberg magistrate's court on January 12, 2004, but had been arrested four days later after trying to steal a car in Malvern.

Police were not aware that Dube had been arrested for that case because he had told them that his name was Clifford Mbatha.

For three months the cops looked for him in Ladysmith and Rustenburg, not knowing he was at Johannesburg Prison, Byleveld said.

After discovering that Dube was at Johannesburg Prison, the detective went to visit him.

Before taking Dube to point out the alleged crime scenes, Byleveld had read him his constitutional rights, and the accused had indicated that he understood them.

Dube first took police to Mayfair, where he allegedly killed Anele and Siyabonga Mbuku.

They searched the area, without success, Byleveld said.

Later Dube led the police to a mine dump in Wemmer Pan, southern Johannesburg, where he showed them panties and a few bloodstained shoes.

A month later, Dube called Byleveld, saying he had committed crimes in eMnambithi, KwaZulu-Natal.

The defence was due to cross-examine Byleveld on Thursday.

 

20060220: One of the biggest child serial murder cases in South African history is set to start in the Johanne Auckland Park Serial Killer News

One of the biggest child serial murder cases in South African history is set to start in the Johannesburg High Court today. Sipho Dube (26), an alleged serial rapist and murderer, pleaded not guilty to all 41 charges against him last month.

The charges include murder, kidnapping, assault, rape and escaping from police custody. Between 2001 and 2004, Dube allegedly raped and murdered at least nine children between the ages of nine and 14.

The murdered children include Tina Bernardes (11), who was found dead near a mine dump in Denver, east of Johannesburg, in November 2003.

 

20060220: Alleged child serial killer case resumes today Johannesburg Serial Killer News
One of the biggest child serial murder cases in South African history is set to start in the Johannesburg High Court today. Sipho Dube (26), an alleged serial rapist and murderer, pleaded not guilty to all 41 charges against him last month. The charges include murder, kidnapping, assault, rape and escaping from police custody. Between 2001 and 2004, Dube allegedly raped and murdered at least nine children between the ages of nine and 14. The murdered children include Tina Bernardes (11), who was found dead near a mine dump in Denver, east of Johannesburg, in November 2003.
 

20060125: Alleged serial killer pleads not guilty Johannesburg Serial Killer News

The alleged killer of 11-year-old Tina Bernardes, who was found dead near a mine dump more than two years ago, denied guilt on 41 charges on Wednesday.

Thin and balding, Sipho Dube, 25, stared straight ahead of him as he stood in the dock in blue denims and a yellow T-shirt while the charges against him were read in the Johannesburg High Court.

He faces seven counts of murder, 17 of kidnapping, four of raping girls, six of indecently assaulting boys, three of aggravated robbery and one count each of theft, attempted car theft, aggravated assault and escaping from custody.

His alleged victims were between the ages of nine and 16.

Three of the charges of kidnapping, murder, and robbery involving the theft of a pair of sandals, are linked to Bernardes.

The 11-year-old was found dead near a mine dump in Denver, east of Johannesburg, in November 2003 after apparently accompanying Dube to his home to fetch two cellphones he had offered her in exchange for clothing she and her family were selling in Malvern.

Dube allegedly assaulted her in a veld, where she died of head injuries.

Pleading not guilty on each charge, Dube told the court he did not understand some of the clauses on the charge sheet.

Judge Seuns Moshedi adjourned the case so the interpreter could explain them, but as soon as he left the courtroom Dube claimed he had a headache and refused to listen.

He then became annoyed at a cartoonist in court and threatened to beat him up.

"If you don't stop drawing me, I will beat you up in front of the judge. All you journalists are going to write lies," he said, claiming he felt unwell and wanted to go back to his cell.

Judge Moshedi allowed him to remain seated for the rest of the proceedings.

Postponing the case to February 20, he ordered that Dube remain in custody and that he receive medical treatment to prevent a similar disruption of the case when it resumed.

A total of 159 witnesses are to be called to testify in the trial.

 

20060125: Alleged serial rapist and killer in the dock Johannesburg Serial Killer News
The case against Sipho Dube, an alleged serial rapist and killer, resumes in the Johannesburg High Court today. Dube is facing eight charges of murder and other charges of kidnapping, rape, indecent assault and robbery. The incidents took place, mostly around Johannesburg, between 2001 and 2004. Johan Spies, the State advocate, told the court on Monday that they needed time to consider some of Dube's earlier admission and retractions. The case was then postponed until today. According to the indictment, Dube's victims were boys and girls whose ages ranged from nine to 14 years.
 

20060125: Alleged serial rapist and killer pleads not guilty Johannesburg Serial Killer News
Sipho Dube, the alleged serial rapist and killer, has pleaded not guilty in the Johannesburg High Court to all 41 charges against him. Dube is facing eight charges of murder and others of kidnapping, rape, indecent assault and robbery. The incidents took place mostly around Johannesburg between 2001 and 2004. According to the indictment, Dube's victims were boys and girls whose ages ranged from nine to 14 years. Dube today entered a plea of not guilty on all charges and chose not to enter an explanation of plea, but to exercise his right to remain silent.
 

20060125: Alleged serial killer's case postponed Johannesburg Serial Killer News
The case against alleged serial rapist and killer, Sipho Dube, has been postponed until February 20 in the Johannesburg High Court. Dube earlier pleaded not guilty to all 41 charges against him. He faces eight murder charges and other charges relating to kidnapping, rape, indecent assault and robbery. According to the indictment, Dube's alleged victims were boys and girls whose ages ranged from nine to 14 years. The incidents took place mostly around Johannesburg between 2001 and 2004. Over 150 witnesses are expected to testify for the state when the trial resumes. Dube will meanwhile remain in police custody as his earlier bail application was turned down.
 

20040721: Serial killer to court in October Johannesburg Serial Killer News
The alleged killer of 11-year-old Tina Bernardes and an alleged accomplice will stand trial in October on charges relating to a host of child murders, rapes and indecent assaults. ..Bongani Dlamini, 28, of Turffontein in Johannesburg and Sipho Dube, 20, also known as Mthandeni Mhlangathi, appeared in the Johannesburg magistrate's court on Wednesday. ..Magistrate Collin Mqalo agreed to postpone their trial to October 29. ..The trial was delayed as the investigating officers, including serial killer expert Superintendent Piet Byleveld, would be testifying in the crossbow murder trial of Frank Zanner in August. ..The prosecution was also waiting for outstanding DNA results. ..Two of the charges related to cases from Ladysmith and Weenen in KwaZulu-Natal. These investigations were not completed and this, too, was delaying the prosecution. ..Although further charges might be added, at this stage they include six murders, four rapes, 15 kidnappings, five indecent assaults, one robbery and two thefts. Not all the charges relate to both men. ..Found in Johannesburg Prison ..Dlamini was in custody at the time of Bernardes's murder. ..The cases relate to boys and girls under the age of 15. ..Dube is also charged with escaping from police custody. He was arrested last November but allegedly walked out of the Wynberg magistrate's court on January 12 after responding to another prisoner's name. ..Police found him under a false name in the Johannesburg Prison in March. ..A link was later found between Dlamini and Dube and they were joined as co-accused in April. ..Dube, who conducted his own defence, objected to the postponement. He claimed he was being given electric shocks in prison. ..Dlamini's advocate also objected to the postponement and suggested the two men stand trial separately. ..However, Mqalo ruled the delay was not unreasonable. The case was likely to be transferred to the High Court. ..Both men would remain in custody.
 


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