The Supreme Court, sitting in Swellendam Magistrate’s Court Monday, has convicted Brian Mudyiwayana of six counts of murder, one count of aggravated theft and two counts of being in the country illegally.
Mudyiwayana went on a killing spree between 2016 and 2017.
According to the National Public Prosecution Service (NPA), he murdered five women and a man near Bredasdorp, Mosselbaai and De Doorns in the Western Cape.
Some of the victims of Mudyiwayana were in a relationship with him, while the others were lured with false promises of job opportunities.
He is said to have dumped the women’s bodies in open fields.
The victims were Moleboheng Mafata, Gladys Ntondini, Grace Nyasha Hondo, Naume Gwengwe, Lungelwa Dangatye and Michael Peekan.
Peekan’s body was found in his home and some of his belongings were missing. “A refrigerator, DStv decoder, three television sets, a lawn mower, a new pair of work boots, a pair of training shoes, a DVD player, bedding and a matric ball dress were missing,” the statement said.
Mudyiwayana was acquitted of the rape charges against him. He was suspected of raping one of his victims, but they were unable to prove their suspicions, prompting the court not to prosecute him on that charge.
Judge Derek Wille said that while there was a strong suspicion that one of the deceased had been raped, the suspicion was not enough to support a finding of rape.
The criminal proceedings will continue today, Tuesday, March 1, 2022.