Two Zimbabweans convicted of 62 counts of murder, rape, robbery in SA


By Thupeyo Muleya

Two Zimbabwean cross-border transporters and a South African woman were last Thursday convicted on 62 charges ranging from murder, robbery, extortion, rape among other violent crimes perpetrated in that country.

Charles Cecil Brewer, accused in the house of horror in Tembisa and Petition Madida, one of the accused gang members.Picture:TNA
Charles Cecil Brewer, accused in the house of horror in Tembisa and Petition Madida, one of the accused gang members. Picture:TNA

The three were found guilty following a fully contested trail at the South Gauteng High Court.

Jaheni “Satan” Luphahla (28) of Old Lobengula in Bulawayo and Phathumuzi “KK” Sibanda (27) of Emakhandeni in Bulawayo and Madida Petition Sicelo (30) alias Sister (a South African) are believed to be part of a gang that unleashed a reign of terror on Zimbabweans visiting that country.

The matter was postponed to tomorrow for sentencing.

Their alleged ringleader, Charles Cecil Brewer, alias Boss of Nketa 7 in Bulawayo, has already been jailed for an effective 20 years after pleading guilty to 62 charges of crimes ranging from murder, rape, robbery, extortion and assault among others.

Brewer who is married to Sicelo had initially been slapped within 350 years imprisonment, but was left with 20 years to serve following a plea bargain with the state.

The state opted to make him a key state witness against members of the syndicate, which has become a perennial headache for South African authorities.

Brewer turned the key witnesses against his wife and two accomplices, Luphala and Sibanda, in a trial which had over 26 witnesses.

The gang is accused of kidnapping more than 100 Zimbabweans and killing several others including two Harare women.

They are accused of having unleashed a reign of terror on fellow Zimbabweans between 30 May and 11 July last year.

Brewer and associates have been in remand prison since their arrest in July last year and were denied bail at the Thembisa Magistrates’ Court in Johannesburg before the matter was transferred to the higher court.

The matter has been dragging on as the accused have been struggling to get a lawyer soon after dumping the State’s free legal practitioners.

The four are believed to be part of a syndicate targeting mostly women travelling between Musina and Johannesburg in Gauteng Province.

Sources close to the case said yesterday that the accused persons were arrested during a police sting operation in Musina on July 25 while preying on unsuspecting victims who were travelling to Johannesburg.

They said the accused persons have been positively identified by most of the victims.

“Brewer and Madida were positively identified as the drivers of the white Opel (registration numbers SNB949GP) and the red Hyundai Matrix (registration numbers ND462078),” said one official.

Authorities said the syndicate operates from Total and Engen filling stations and a house in Musina, where they pounce on Zimbabwean hitch-hikers travelling to Gauteng Province.

Charges are that the gang used South African-registered private vehicles and touts to lure the unsuspecting victims into their cars. These travellers were then kidnapped and detained at various houses upon reaching Johannesburg.

It is reported that in most of the incidents they demanded money from the victims’ relatives to secure their release. The money, which ranged from R3 000 and above, would be paid through various money agencies. The Chronicle

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  • Death penalty is never good but at tyms it is.

  • May they rot in jail for the rest of their miserable life…mxm

  • Where in Zimbabwe are they from?

  • Bring back the death penalty

  • Owezim bath ngowemganwin married to dis south a African woman

  • This is stale news . Two mths old news

    • You are very wrong. This is an on going case with new charges being prefered against the accussed gang and new developments coming through. Havent you heard of someone already serving a sentence being hauled before the courts on separate charges? These people still have lots of other charges being investigated.

      • worried_zimbo

        you are correct, this Innocent knows nothing about criminal cases, they never expire, if they get new evidence no matter how long he has been locked in, they will bring new charges against the criminal.

  • These morons must be sentenced in zim where they will be awarded with a stiff penalty of life in prison or death sentence.The unfortunate part is that the syndicate still operates in Mussina at the 2 last garages wakubuda muMussina.

  • Eish this is an old post

  • Murderers they must be locked up for good

  • Kιll тнeм!

  • Omaguma guma laba

  • Vakashungurudza vanhu ava umm

  • Death sentence,if not,cut off their hands and 1 leg each

    • You cut them and the state will hire someone at taxpayers money to look after them…..

    • Rather hang them

  • Sure they must put in jail forever

  • I disagree tis woman is not South African but HER papers are. We know our people P L E A S E

    • John dollar

      Even the other two are your people

  • FlyboyX

    Dai enge ari ma shona nhasi!!

    • Murume Mukuru

      Hoo those commentators?.Those are ZanuPf trolls…their job is to divert attention from the story at hand especially when people make posts against Mugabe and friends. In the end munenge mongoshaudhana.They get paid per post.

    • worried_zimbo

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  • Chabvondoka

  • where is the Hangman

  • Dharildho

    They come from Bulawayo? Hey madoda why do you always say murderers are from my home city Bulawayo? Do you mean to say we the Ndebeles are violent crime perpetrators?

  • Please may they rot in jail with hard labour

  • Nungu

    Mhondi nxaaa