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The community of Mandela village in Phagameng, outside Modimolle, are shocked by the fact that the man suspected of having killed and raped more than 10 of their children was one of their own.
Yesterday they said they knew the man well and could not believe he would do anything to harm anyone.
David Rannditsheni appeared in the local magistrate's court on Monday after he was arrested in connection with a spate of rapes and murders. Rannditsheni, 45, was a well-known resident of the area and was known as a quiet man.
"The moment we saw Rannditsheni in court on Monday we recognised him as one of our own," said Tshepo Chauke, who lives a stone's throw from Rannditsheni's house.
Chauke, 28, operates a tavern in the village and said Rannditsheni was a regular patron who preferred drinking sorghum beer.
"I guess everybody knew he drank at my place (Malebo's Tavern) because he frequented it."
Simon Mafora, Rannditsheni's neighbour for years, said he still found it difficult to believe that Rannditsheni was allegedly responsible for his niece's disappearance and murder.
Mokgadi Mafora, 5, died on April 5 this year. Her body was discovered the following day.
Mafora, 32, said Rannditsheni was unemployed for a long time and depended on his wife's disability grant. One of his three children was also disabled and got a monthly government grant.
His wife had since left for home in Lwamondo, Venda, apparently to escape abuse by her husband.