11 life sentences and 200 years imprisonment
Elmon Tshikhudo - Zoutnet.co.za
August 29, 2008
A notorious serial killer, Mukosi Mulaudzi (46) from
Village, was sentenced to 11 life sentences in the
Thohoyandou High Court last Thursday.
The sentence meted out to Mulaudzi, who was facing 28 serious counts,
was received with mixed feelings. Some family and community members who
packed the court room during the trial said the sentence would not serve
any purpose as he might escape again and continue with his murderous
life. Those who were satisfied were seen celebrating outside the court
long after sentence had been passed.
The case started at the beginning of this year in the Thohoyandou High
Mulaudzi started his criminal career in 1985, when he was arrested and
convicted for a petty crime of theft, where a fine of R120 or four
months’ imprisonment was imposed on him. Mulaudzi started a horrifying
criminal career, perfecting the art by improving on his previous crimes,
until he “graduated” in 1991, when he was convicted on 20 serious counts,
two of which were murder.
two life terms and many years in prison for his heinous crimes. Mulaudzi
was sent to Baviaanspoort Prison in
Gauteng to do his time, but dashed to freedom in
1996. He continued where he left off and in 2004 he embarked on a
journey of stealing, robbing and maiming, whichever came his way. He did
not only steal from his victims, but also raped and killed them.
His latest caper after escaping from prison saw him committing more than
20 serious crimes, which included rape, theft, robbery and murder. He
was charged on 28 counts, but two were withdrawn before the trial could
The counts he was facing and sentences he received are as follows:
Housebreaking with intent to rob and steal, committed at Dzumbathoho in
June 2004 (18 years);
Attempted murder on Margareth Nembudani of Phadzima, committed on June
29, 2004 (18 years);
Housebreaking with intent to rob and steal, committed in September 2004
at Tshivhilidulu (19 years);
Rape, committed in September 2004 (27 years);
Assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm on Lufuno Magondo (18
Assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm on Zwidofhelangani
Magondo (18 years);
Housebreaking, committed on November 18, 2004 (11 years);
Attempted murder, committed on November 18, 2004 (11 years);
Assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, committed on June 4,
2005 (15 years);
Firearm theft, committed June 4, 2005; policeman Joseph Magonono was
robbed of his service firearm and it was never recovered (15 years);
Housebreaking with intent to rob and theft committed in June 2005 at
Dzumbathoho (14 years);
Murder of Jeanet Dama, committed in June 2005 (life);
Murder of Marvel Dama, committed June 2, 2005 (life);
Murder of Maria Munyai, committed on August 20/21 2005 (life);
Attempted murder on Dakalo Munyai, committed on August 20/21 2005 (17
Murder of Phophi Radzilani, committed on August 4, 2006 (life);
Murder of Moses Mushiana, committed on August 4, 2006 (life);
Murder of Shumani Mushiana, committed on August 4, 2006 (life);
Housebreaking with intent to rob and theft (12 years);
Murder of Lavhelesani Sivhugwana, committed on August 16/17 2006 (life);
Murder of Shumani Sivhugwana, committed on August 16/17 2006 (life);
Murder of Nyadzani Sivhugwana, committed on the August 16/17 (life);
Rape of Winnietjie Tshilimandila (27 years);
Murder of Winnietjie Tshilimandila (life);
Rape committed on July 8/9 2006 at Mulodi (27 years);
Murder of Shonisani Thinandavha, committed on July 8/9 2006 (life).
In closing arguments, Mulaudzi´s defense counsel, Adv Mmbambadzeni
Manwadu, asked the court to be lenient when passing sentence. He also
cited the accused’s personal circumstances as mitigating factors,
because he was from a broken family where his father could not provide
for him and he could not go to school. He dropped out of school in Std 2
in 1980, he survived on odd jobs and earned only a pittance. His wife
was also unemployed. He added that Mulaudzi had pleaded guilty to most
of the charges and that he had cooperated with the police. He did not
waste the court´s time, was remorseful for his deeds and stands a chance
of being rehabilitated.
For the state, Adv Bethuel Manyuha said Mulaudzi should be removed
permanently from the community. He said the fact that the accused had a
string of convictions showed that he had a tendency of repeating the
same crimes and giving him another chance would be like giving him the
chance to go and commit them again. He said this also showed that he was
not rehabilitation material.
Manyuha also put it to the court that the manner in which the victims
had been killed was brutal and vicious and clearly showed the pain the
victims went through before they died. He denied that Mulaudzi ever
cooperated with the police as body parts removed when Shonisani
Thinandavha was killed were never found and that the firearm stolen from
Magonono was never recovered. He said all the crimes were committed in
the dark, which made it very hard for police to investigate them and
that almost all were committed against women and children.
He also put it to the court that in some instances, Mulaudzi wiped out a
whole family to avoid being detected. “It is clear that this man has no
respect for human life. He does not deserve to be in the community. The
fact that he had the resolve to kill a heavily pregnant woman speaks
volumes about this man; he should not get any chance to return to
society,” Manyuha said.
In sentencing Mulaudzi, Judge Godfrey Hetisani said he had taken all the
accused´s personal circumstances before making a decision. Hetisani, who
had to adjourn the court before passing judgment, saying that he lacked
the wisdom of King Solomon and needed time to pray. He said the crimes
which Mulaudzi was convicted of had reached alarming proportions and had
become more prevalent. He said the manner in which the victims had been
killed were particularly heinous, with some victims being burnt alive,
some hacked with an axe and some having their body parts removed, never
to be found again.
He said almost all the crimes had been perpetuated against women and
showed that they had been pre-planned before being executed. He said
most of Mulaudzi’s previous crimes were committed after his escape from
prison and it clearly shows that he would still continue with a criminal
career if given the chance. He also pointed out that Mulaudzi had showed
no remorse and that he only chose to plead guilty to some of the charges
whose exhibits had been used in court.
Hetisani sentenced him to 11 life sentences and more than 200 years’
Meanwhile, Mulaudzi still has to serve the other two life sentences he
was serving when he escaped from prison.
A family member of some
of the victims, Ms Julia Munyai, said the sentence will not serve any
purpose at all. “You saw him laughing after killing so many of our
relatives. He knows that he won’t die in jail, but will be enjoying the
food and the government will be paying the bill,” she said.
Escaped killer hid in unused fridge
Mulaudzi to know his fate on 26 counts
August 19, 2008
The Thohoyandou high court yesterday heard that convicted
serial killer Mukosi Mulaudzi had hidden in a defunct refrigerator when
police nailed him at Mulodi.
This emerged when Judge Godfrey Hetisani yesterday began
delivering judgment on the 26 counts, ranging from murder, attempted
murder, rape and robbery.
Mulaudzi was arrested in 2006 after he went on a killing
spree, raping and robbing his victims of their belongings.
Police said Mulaudzi had been on the run since 1999 after he
escaped from Baviaansport prison in Gauteng where he was serving two
life sentences for murder.
The state wants Mulaudzi to be found guilty as charged on the
26 counts, saying his right to remain silent did not prove his innocence
because he did not want to take the witness stand.
State advocate Bathuel Manyuha told the court that it was not
proven that the accused did not commit the crimes he has denied
“The accused dealt with his victims in a brutal manner and
had no mercy and some of the victims were lucky to survive” said Manyuha
The evidence led by witnesses was never contested because
Mulaudzi opted to remain silent until the state closed its case.
“Though he pleaded guilty and not guilty to some of the
charges, the court had to find him guilty,” Manyuha appealed to Judge
But defence advocate James Manwadu said Mulaudzi’s silence
should not make him liable for all the charges as indicted and urged the
court to take a decision as per witnesses’ evidence.
Hetisani was worried that some of the items stolen from
Mulaudzi’s victims had not been recovered up to the time the trial
Among items not recovered were a gun belonging to the police
officer attacked and robbed in 2006 by Mulaudzi and body parts that were
removed from Shonisani Thinandavha.
Thinandavha was found dead at Mulodi in July 2006 with her
breast, right hand, left ear and upper lip sliced off.
serial killer case postponed
The case against a man
accused of seven murders including those of five children was postponed
in the Dzanani magistrate's court on Wednesday.
Mukosi Freddy Mulaudzi,
42, briefly appeared in the court after he was arrested on Monday, and
his case was postponed to November 15 for further investigation.
been eluding police since his escape in 1996 from Pretoria's Baviaanspoort Prison, where he was serving several life sentences for
other murders. "We have been hunting this guy for about 10 years,"
Senior Superintendent Motlafela Mojapelo said.
Mulaudzi is charged with
seven new counts of murder, rape and housebreaking and theft. Mojapelo
said Mulaudzi could also be connected to three counts of attempted
murder, two of armed robbery, three of rape, four of murder, three
counts of housebreaking and two cases of assault, all committed in the
Siloam and Levubu areas in Limpopo since 2004.
relates to the killing of Ndivhuwo Winnity Tshilimandila, 19, and
Nyadzeni, 14, Shumani, 10, and Levhalesani Maxwell Sivhugwana, 7, who
were hacked to death in their home on Thohoyandou in August.
same month he also allegedly killed Phophi Tracy Radzilani, 30, in her
house with a sharp object. Her two children, Rotondwa, 7, and Moses
Mushiana, 5 months, were burnt beyond recognition in their bedroom.
Ready for a journey of no return, Mulaudzi boards a
police van, marking the start of a long time in prison. With him is
prison official Tshilidzi Manyelenyele.