5 women killed: serial killer at large in North West
Madibeng Pulse editor Cynthia Dreyer reports that 'extremely worrying news has come to light that there may be a serial killer on the loose in the western areas of North West. However, the culprit could move to another area if he feels that he is being pursued by police. Brigadier Ngubane of the North West Communications has sent this message to all women in North West Province to heed the warnings at the end of this report. It could save your life and that of your family and friends:
“The communities of Lichtenburg, Blydeville, Boikhutso and surrounding areas, the South African Police in the North West would like to issue out a warning about the suspect/s that have allegedly raped, and murdered women between January 2010 and April 2011. “The police recently found the half naked body of
A woman in a decomposed state at Blydeville Cemetery on Friday 15 April 2011 at around eight in the morning. The body was found with a cut off left index finger and the right ear. It is suspected that the victim was raped before being killed.
The suspect is unknown at this stage and the police investigation continues.
“The body is the fifth one to be found in the area, especially around Blydeville.
The other four (4) bodies of women with ages ranging between 16 and 40 were found in Blydeville Extension 1 between January and September 2010.
All victims were raped before being killed. Three of the bodies were partially naked while the fourth one was completely naked.
The police cannot rule out the possibility that crimes might have been committed by the same suspect.
The police are working hard and the community is requested to come forward with any information that may lead to arrest of the perpetrator/s.
Most of the victims were attacked on their way home from local taverns and beer halls. The victims so far have all been women.”
List of don’ts for women
The community is therefore warned to be always on alert and take heed of the following precautionary measures:
* Avoid walking alone at night
* Avoid bushy and deserted areas
* Do not talk to strangers
* Do not accept lifts from strangers
* Report any unknown and suspicious persons / vehicles in your area to the Police.
The number for Lichtenburg Police Station is (018) 632 8258, alternatively Crime Stop can be contacted on 08600 10111. The Investigating Officer can be contacted, Warrant Officer Monyayi, 083 353 1279.