More raps for suspect

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The man accused of working with the alleged kingpin in the sugar cane serial killings in KwaZulu- Natal has a series of pending cases against him, including the murder of his girlfriend.

The 28-year-old man, whose identity cannot be revealed, is from Majola in Eastern Cape.

He appeared before the Libode magistrate's court on Monday in connection with the killing of his girlfriend and another man in August last year. The case was postponed to November 7.

Today he will be one of the key accused who will appear in the Umzinto magistrate's court, along with the alleged kingpin and a woman suspect. The case is expected to be held in camera as the suspects still have to undergo an identity parade.

Sowetan has learnt that the man is well-known and feared by locals as "a ruthless thug" in the Port St Johns area.

He is one of the five people who were arrested along with the 36-year-old alleged mastermind at a house in Chatsworth, near Durban, three weeks ago. The man is wanted for two more cases of robbery in Eastern Cape.

Superintendent Leonie Verster, head of the province's organised crime unit, said the man was also implicated in an armed robbery in August last year, and a murder warrant had also been executed for him in a fourth incident that took place in 2004.

To date, police have arrested six people in connection with the murders of 10 women whose bodies were found at various locations in sugar cane fields at Umzinto's Shayamoya township.

Three of the six men have since been released because of insufficient evidence.