Uncle wants life term for killers

Sne Masuku

Sne Masuku

"If it was up to me, I would not hesitate to sentence those who killed my daughters to life in prison and throw away the key."

This was said yesterday by S'bu Mpanza, the uncle of the two Mpanza sisters from Efolweni, whose bodies were among the six victims of the "sugar cane serial killer". The sisters will be buried this weekend.

"We have no choice but to sit back and let the law take its course and learn to live with whatever sentence is handed out, no matter how lenient it is," he said.

The bodies of the Mpanza sisters are among the four who were released to their families yesterday.

The families said they can finally find closure after months of agony knowing that their daughters are dead, but unable to bury them.

Four other bodies were released to their families and were buried a week ago.

The bodies of the Mpanza sisters, Philisiwe 27, and Nonjabulo, 21, were also found dead in the sugar cane fields three months after they left home to meet a man who had promised them jobs that would pay them about R4000 each.

Two other bodies were discovered in the Port St Johns tea plantation.

It is believed that they were the victims of the same killer.

One of the two bodies has been identified and will be released to the family next week.

The other one remains unidentified.

Recalling the day that his nieces left to meet the who they thought was a good Samaritan but turned out to be a monster who would rob them of their lives, Mpanza said "the girls were so excited and the only thing they spoke about was all the things they would buy and contribute for the house".

Mpanza said Philisiwe had two children aged nine and four years and getting a job was really going to make a difference in the lives of her kids.

"Both of the sisters had never worked at all and they were quite excited at the prospect of getting their first jobs," he said.

Not far from the Mpanza home, another family that has also become a victim of the serial killer will bid goodbye to their daughter on Sunday.

The Mgobhozi family lives just a few houses from the Mpanza family.

Makhosi Mgobhozi left home in July to meet a man who had promised her a job.

She never returned home.

DNA tests performed on the remains of the body, which was also found in the sugar cane fields in Shayamoya, Umzinto turned out to be hers.

It took the Pretoria forensic department about four months to conclude the DNA tests of the 12 badly decomposed bodies that had been discovered at different spots in the sugar cane fields.

The families said they would finally find closure after months of agony.

The knew that their daughters were dead, but they were unable to bury them.