Prosecution wants Nyauza convicted on all 24 charges

Judgment will be delivered on Monday in the trial of alleged Olievenhoutbosch serial killer Richard Jabulani Nyauza, who is alleged to have killed 16 women.

Judgment will be delivered on Monday in the trial of alleged Olievenhoutbosch serial killer Richard Jabulani Nyauza, who is alleged to have killed 16 women.

Prosecutor JP Marais yesterday argued in Nyauza's Pretoria high court trial that he should be convicted on all 24 charges he faces.

Nyauza is charged with murdering 16 women, raping four of them, robbing three of his victims and trying to murder one survivor, Jane Seremane, shortly before his arrest last year.

He had told the police that his attacks were motivated by a woman who had infected him with HIV.

Marais said he was convinced that Nyauza had raped all of his victims, though he was charged with only four rapes.

He argued that there was an obvious link to all of the murders, as well as Seremane's evidence that Nyauza had stabbed her with a screwdriver, throttled her and removed her panties before dumping her in a ditch and leaving her for dead.

Marais pointed out that all the murders had a sexual theme, and that the same method was used and victims were left in similar sexual poses.

Most of the victims had been stabbed or strangled and were left in the open veld.

The first series of attacks took place near Olievenhoutbosch in 2002 and the second series near Rossway Quarry in 2006.

Nyauza had been in jail from the end of 2002 to late 2005. No bodies were found in this period, but bodies started turning up again early in January last year, shortly after his release from jail after being acquitted on a rape charge.

Nyauza was linked by DNA to four of the murders, to some of the crimes through cellphones found in his possession and to others by pointing out the murder scenes to police.

"He paints himself as a Casanova who loves women, but I doubt if Casanova paid for sex.

"The reason why he killed is quite clear from his statement.

"He believed a woman gave him Aids, and that meant that women did not deserve to live," Marais told the court - Sapa

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