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‘Serial killer’ admits eating victim’s brains

By Mashudu Netsianda

Alleged serial killer Rodney Tongai Jindu yesterday stunned a court in Bulawayo when he revealed that he sliced off some body parts and also removed the brains of his two victims before eating them.

Rodney Tongai Jindu (left) smiles while being led to a police van by members of the CID homicide section after his court appearance in Bulawayo
Rodney Tongai Jindu (left) smiles while being led to a police van by members of the CID homicide section after his court appearance in Bulawayo

Jindu (26) of Glengarry suburb in the city made headlines eight months ago in connection with the deaths of Mboneli Joko Ncube and Cyprian Kudzurunga.

He allegedly shot dead Kudzurunga (28) of Queens Park East on January 29, buried him in a shallow grave in Burnside suburb and sent a message to the deceased’s mother pretending to be her son who had suddenly decided to leave the country.

Jindu, who is facing two counts of murder, also allegedly stole Kudzurunga’s laptop and cellphone which he sold in the city centre.

He also allegedly shot Ncube and dismembered the body and set the parts on fire before burying them in four shallow graves.

Members of the Zimbabwe Republic Police and the metal coffin containing the remains of the man which were exhumed at a house stand in Burnside, Bulawayo. (Jindu ritual murder)

Jindu’s trial before Bulawayo High Court judge Justice Nokuthula Moyo yesterday failed to take off after the judge ruled that he should be examined by two doctors to ascertain his mental condition in terms of the Mental Health Act.

This was after he claimed that he ate human flesh.

“The accused person’s conduct is prima facie bizarre and abnormal. It is for these reasons that the court finds it fit that a mental examination be conducted to rule out any possibility of mental issues. This will allow the court to proceed to try the accused person after having been satisfied that he is mentally stable,” ruled Justice Moyo.

In his defence through his lawyer, Mr Tanaka Muganyi of Tanaka Law Chambers, Jindu told the court that after killing the two victims, he hired two men to dig the graves. He said the two men assisted him to place the two bodies in shallow graves.

“After shooting Kudzurunga and Ncube on separate occasions, I hired Makesure Mguni and Phathisani Ngwenya to dig the graves. They assisted me in placing the bodies in the graves. After they had left I sliced the bodies and consumed them including their brains,” he said.

Pallbearers carry the remains of the late Mboneli Ncube who was allegedly mutilated by Rodney Tongai Jindu for a church service at the Jehovah’s Witnesses in the city centre, Bulawayo, yesterday.
Pallbearers carry the remains of the late Mboneli Ncube who was allegedly mutilated by Rodney Tongai Jindu for a church service at the Jehovah’s Witnesses in the city centre, Bulawayo

Jindu, who appeared calm despite a packed courtroom, told the court that he regretted committing the two gruesome murders.

He said he was intoxicated when he committed the offences after allegedly taking heroine and methamphetamine, a synthetic drug used illegally as a stimulant and as a prescription drug to maintain blood pressure.

Jindu said he developed the urge to murder his two victims so that he could experiment following an alleged general assumption that killing a human being resulted in a mental deficiency.

Jindu was arrested in June after inconsistent statements to the police after Kudzurunga went missing. He allegedly later confessed to killing the two victims and led police to their shallow graves.

According to State papers, on January 12 this year, Jindu drove to a local supermarket situated between Robert Mugabe Way and 11th Avenue and met Ncube.

They proceeded to Burnside suburb, but the motive of the trip was not mentioned in court papers.

The court heard that on arrival in Burnside, Jindu pulled out an Optima pistol serial number 13752 from his car and allegedly shot Ncube twice on the chest and he died on the spot.

He then chopped the body into pieces before burying him in four different shallow graves.

It is the State’s case that on January 29 this year, Jindu was in the company of Kudzurunga walking from Glengarry to Queens Park East. The court heard that Jindu was armed with an Optima pistol serial number 13752.

After walking for a while, Jindu, who was walking behind Kudzurunga, fired one shot from behind and shot him on the head and abdomen twice and he fell down and died on the spot. He took his cellphone and laptop.

After realising that he had killed his friend, Jindu rushed back home and hid the pistol and the now deceased’s laptop in his workshop. He took a wheelbarrow and returned to the murder scene. He shoved the body into a plastic bag, loaded it onto the wheelbarrow and pushed it back home.

He later drove to Burnside where he secretly buried the body at a vacant residential stand. Jindu took the deceased’s cellphone and laptop and sold them for $400.

Police investigations led to his arrest and he confessed that he killed the deceased and made indications which led to the recovery of the body.

The stolen goods and firearm used in committing the offences were recovered. The Chronicle

  • Munhu uyu avakutopenga imi hamusikuzviona achangomuka akafa

  • Too much tv

  • He is sick. Send him to psychiatrist.

  • Bulawayo nyaya dzayo uuu dzakanyanya aa yaa

    • Bt ngamashona abuya ezoganga wena

    • Iwee dzekufa kwevanhu ndoo zvovoti mashona kunoitika nyaya ngani kuBulawayo dzekufa kwevanhu pazuva

  • phsychatric patient chaiyo to be seen by doctors ibenzi iri

    • He is trying to find a way out he is normal just acting

    • ummm no my bro acting won’t help coz you will be condemned in prison till proven kuti haupenge saka hapana zvaunenge wagona mupengo chaiye uyu

  • Igwe Kuntakinte he is not sick. He want us to believe him that his state of mind was not right when he committed the crimes. No he was very sane , let him face the law and the consequences of his deeds

  • I have long applied for the hangman job,they want to over work me,coz these are my clients on the noose.

  • Can someone legalise guns in Zim.

  • Akauraya asi apa akuda kuzviita mupengo

  • bring back the death sentence plz…

    he doesnt deserve to live as well

  • Oh Jehovha

  • Mastatement avanowana kujeri ayo kuda kunzi vanopenga

  • Arikuzviitisa uyu, haapenge. Ngaaorere mutorongo.

  • So we have a cannibal haha

  • Did he cook or he ate them raw kkk

  • These vampires called shonas before they to bulawayo and killed Ndebeles now they eat us what nxt now

    • We Ndebeles are stupid!

    • stop being tribalist

    • U pisi of shit

    • Uri duzvi iwe imbwa what has tribe have to do about this useless creature

    • everytime when the truth is told you accuse people of being tribalist why can’t you stop your barbarism

    • Ask your mother who your true father is before you put tribal coments

    • I don’t have a mother my mother was killed by Gukurahundi mashona you badnews I hate everything about you

    • U such a piece of trash,,fuck you and everyone you love

    • Mangla sokhela….l.do believe you empty headed you dont have brains….which truth are you fucken talking about?oh l cee according to you kkkkk….hate but chekuita hapana…or

    • shonas didn’t kill 20 000 people in Matebeleland you guys you are reaaly devil’s favourate demons you really that amount of people and still do not have a remoese

    • Shut the fuck up you dick headed person

    • you can’t n will never intimidate me those that you have killed are the last

    • we say no to tribalism

    • Mr Sokhela if e truth b said u Ndebeles u came frm SA aftr tht u colonise e shona territory..u killed many shona pple..others u raped etc

    • bt u just focus on Gukurahundi ..so we committed evil against each let us unite n be one

    • AFRICA TOGETHER AS ONE

    • now you are talking but remember the issue of loosing your parents n someone comes to you and tell you to move on really is that easy

    • But one day soon or later l will remind you about these words (THESE VAMPIRES CALLED SHONAS) and you better answer the questions brought by your statements.

    • Dai vakauraya iwewe pamwe zvaita zvakanaka because hauna kukwana . Greedy and failing to forgive is heavy thing to bear but since you are a monkey that’s why you are a tribalism. Who deserve a death penalt

    • Its 50/50 situation lets set aside our differences together as one

    • @Aaron how do you feel if someone calls you a Vampire

    • The term vampire ………ndovanotangisa xenophobia ava

    • where do you stay Mr Brighton I would love to ansa you face to face man to man if there is any other information that you need to get to see me say it now

    • where do you stay Mr Brighton I would love to ansa you face to face man to man if there is any other information that you need to get to see me say it now

    • Cross the Limpopo and go back

    • Cross the Limpopo and go back

    • if you want to find am easy to find I will assist you to find me

  • demonically controlled

  • He thinks that the court will buy that then ongonzi ibenzi no…….

  • Mambokadzi Perfect Pat

    Sad may the two victims rest in peace .

  • The idea of saying that he ate some of the body parts and brains is a way of acting up so that he can b thought to b a mental patient,if u follow the case up to the end,u wil realise that he wil b detain at a psychiatric hosp n latter on released

  • ummm masendeke 2

  • Pakaipa zvakaoma hama yaaa

  • My God

  • Kill him as well

  • Tavakusvika kumagumo hama dzangu,this is serious

  • May the authorities kill this idiot today, we do not want to hear more.

  • Realist

    The new hangman s first job
    Death sentence here is appropriate

    • Fed up

      I agree no need to waste tax payers money putting this idiot in jail, death sentence straight….his smile says it all.

      • shasha

        He is just a mental case. He had no motive in all his killings. He just needs to go to Ingutsheni and not the death sentence which is suggested.

  • Haapengi kuda kunzwirwa tsitsi kkkk

  • Kill him he is the devil

  • ths man isnt serious he is jst acting it up so tht he will be gvn a ligtht sentence or commited to Ingutsheni hosp I wish th prosecuter sees thru him

  • Hang him

  • hunhui ihwohwo

  • Tambo muhuro inga kune vari kuda basa iroro vapei basa zvipere tadzwa nevanhu vapedza vamwe vosiiwa hawo vachienda

  • yea this idiot think he is clever

  • Mmmmh forgive me lord for judging this one but he should hanged cox anopedza mainmates achidyq futi uyu

  • Mmmmh forgive me lord for judging this one but he should hanged cox anopedza mainmates achidyq futi uyu

  • I just wish he gets instant justice from the public,I know they are good judges

  • I just wish he gets instant justice from the public,I know they are good judges

  • Hannibal lecter

  • Hannibal lecter

    • At least you guys got the reference….zimbabweans are clueless its so sad 🙁

  • Silence of the Lambs

  • Silence of the Lambs

  • Kuita mongo wekusweta hako ..hang him by the balls

  • Kuita mongo wekusweta hako ..hang him by the balls

  • kill that fucken bitch
    oh wats thar fuck give me that bitch

  • Mwari honai vanhu vaya vatanga zvee

  • Unonyeba handi waiti anoda kupa n’anga yake,benzi remunhu rakauraya mwana wangu

  • And this world…….ummmmm. Is he normal or is becoming insane??

  • Mhizha dzenyama

  • NHAI MWARI ,ARI NORMAL HERE MUNHU UYO

  • Nzara yarova pazimba. Vanhu vakudya zvese zvese, zuro kuno anga arimadhongi

  • that guy is not suppose to go to prison, he is suppose to go in a mental institute..

  • boiled, fried or scrambled?👆

  • Mhaihwee

  • s

    one of the problems and confusion we are having here is that we are trying solve spiritual things in our human wisdom. so if this guy is found to be mental ill, are we going to release him so that the demon in him asks him to eat more human flesh. truly demons know how to play around humans even those educated.

  • kunyepera kupenga,hang him nxaa blood killer

  • That boy is just trying to be clever by feigning and faking being mentally deranged with the hope of being judged as unfit to stand trial or hoping for a reduced sentence and mental hospital residency.One thing about keeping suspects in remand prison for long is that these suspects group in prison and advice each other and actually coach each other on what to say or do in court….This Jindu boy initially confessed that he killed for human body and had been promised a Quantam and some huge amounts of cash by South Aftican based omalayitsha for body part harvesting…So this story he now brings up about cracking the skulls of dead bodies eating the soft brains of a human being is all a big CLEVERISH,twisted lie to avoid a likely death penalty conviction or life jail conviction. The prosecution and judge should not believe that stupid lie from killer Jindu.