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Zimbabwean Serial Killer Prince Dube Jailed 8 Life Sentences In South Africa

The Limpopo Polokwane High Court sentenced Themba Prince Willards Dube (36) of Gwanda Mpaya village in Zimbabwe to 8 life sentences plus 88 years in prison.

Prince Dube was found guilty of several crimes, including two counts of rape, six counts of murder, five counts of robbery with aggravating circumstances, one count of extortion, one count of theft, one count of possession of stolen property, and one count of being an illegal immigrant.

Prince Dube was acquitted on one count of murder, five counts of rape, two counts of robbery with aggravating circumstances and seven counts of kidnapping.

Dube entered South Africa in 2008 without the proper documentation.

In October 2021, he was initially arrested for possessing a stolen cellphone that was later identified as belonging to a kidnapped woman in Lebowakgomo.

While he was in custody, police investigations led to the discovery of four bodies of women dumped at different locations in the Capricorn district.

Prince Dube assisted police investigations by pointing out seven places where he had killed the deceased women. Prior to his arrest, he had called the family of one of his victims and demanded R1000 for their release. The family paid the ransom, which was deposited into the deceased’s Capitec account.

In Dube’s rented room at Seshego Zone 3, police found the belongings of some of his victims.

The seven women, whose bodies were discovered in Seshego, Mankweng, and Polokwane, were positively identified by their next of kin.

Witnesses testified during the trial that Dube introduced himself as David or Prince and promised employment opportunities to lure his victims.

He would then take the unsuspecting women to secluded places near Polokwane Airport, Peter Mokaba stadium, Dendron road, Matlala road and Blood river where he would rape, rob and kill them.

In passing down the sentence, Judge Griet Muller said that the offences were premeditated, the accused does not show any remorse for his actions, the families of the deceased have lost their loved ones, especially those with children and he further said that Gender-Based-Violence will not be tolerated.

The Director of Public Prosecutions Advocate lvy Thenga welcomed the sentence and applauded the good work done by Adv. Chauke and the detectives that investigated the case.

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