The Provincial Commissioner of KwaZulu-Natal Lieutenant General Mmamonnye Ngobeni has welcomed a hefty sentence handed down to Ntokozo Mthimkhulu (32) by the Mthunzini High Court yesterday, 17 July 2014. He was sentenced to five life terms plus 42 years imprisonment for five counts of rape, five for robbery and five for murder. “This is a clear indication that members of the SAPS work hard to tackle crimes against women and children, as this remains one of our priorities. This conviction enhances the community’s trust and confidence in the police. I thank the Empangeni detectives for this praiseworthy success”, said the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Mmamonnye Ngobeni.
During 2010 from June to September five bodies of women were found in sugarcane field around Empangeni area. Cases of murder were opened at Empangeni police station and it was suspected that a serial killer was involved. It was further suspected that the victims were raped and robbed before they were killed. Richards Bay Organised Crime Unit took over investigation that led to the arrest of the accused at Esikhawini area in September 2010. He was linked to all crimes by means of DNA. – SA Police Media Service