Zimbabwean sentenced to six life terms, 192 years in South Africa

The North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, South Africa has sentenced to six life terms and 192 years, a Zimbabwean national for crimes committed between January 2018 and December 2019.

Wellington Kachidza, 28, was convicted after he pleaded guilty to six counts of murder, three counts of rape, and eight counts of kidnapping.

He also pleaded guilty to eight counts of extortion, eight counts of robbery with aggravation circumstances, and being in the country illegally.

“He used the same method to lure male victims, pretending to ask for their assistance with driving. He would kidnap them and demand ransom money from their families. After they paid him, he would then kill them,” National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) regional spokesperson Lumka Mahanjana said in a statement on Thursday.

Mahanjana added post-mortem reports for the victims revealed the cause of death was head injuries or trauma to the head.

Regarding Kachidza’s three female victims, he would lure them under the guise of offering them employment.

“He would lure them to a nearby bush or veld, rape them and rob them of their belongings and walk away,” Mahanjana said.

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