THE man accused of 10 murders allegedly lured one of his victims by promising her a job before she was raped and strangled with the sack from a bag of oranges, the Modimolle high court heard yesterday.
David Rannditsheni, 47, is also accused of kidnapping young girls at Phagameng township in Modimolle, strangling them and leaving them to die. The attacks started in 2004. Most of the victims were aged between three and 12.
Rannditsheni pleaded not guilty to all the charges.
This despite the fact that police investigations had established that DNA results from tests conducted among more than 500 men in the township had linked him to the crimes.
Rannditsheni is charged with 10 counts of murder, 17 of rape, 18 of kidnapping and one of indecent assault.
He allegedly committed the crimes between July 2004 and May 2008 when he was finally arrested after a long search.
The so-called "Modimolle Serial Killer" caused sleepless nights for many parents and women in those four years .
Community members yesterday picketed outside the court demanding that Rannditsheni be sentenced to life in jail.
When the trial started Rannditsheni's lawyer Whitey Moruleng said he would prove that his client was innocent.
But Moruleng never disputed the evidence submitted by prosecutor JP Marais.
Marais submitted undisputed exhibits, including DNA results that were conducted on the victims, to prove Rannditsheni's involvement in the crimes.
Investigating officer Inspector Willem Nel told the court that they had realised that there was a "serial killer" when they saw the increasing number of children reported missing in the Modimolle area.
The trial continues today.