disused station was rendezvous for prostitutes

McKeed Kotlolo

McKeed Kotlolo

The disused Kinross railway station in Mpumalanga, where a couple was killed by a train while bonking at the weekend, has been described as a haven for sex workers.

The spot was littered with scores of used condoms when police arrived at the scene of the gruesome death of an alleged prostitute and her client on Friday night.

The tiny town is known for the huge number of prostitutes operating on its outskirts.

The majority of the sex workers are from rural parts of Mpumalanga and converge on this tiny town near Evander to service motorists and truck drivers.

Police and reliable sources confirmed that the unmanned station was utilised by prostitutes. The scores of used condoms found at the scene after the gruesome death of the young couple killed by a goods train was proof that the spot was a haven for prostitutes, according to police.

The dead couple was identified by police as Mduduzi Michael Bandezi, 28, of Extension 25, alias "Afghanistan" in Kinross and Sibongile Radebe, 25, of Embalenhle near Evander.

However, sources from George's tavern, where the couple allegedly spent part of Friday night, said the woman was Rose Fakude of Trichardt near Bethal.

Abie Khoabane of Mpumalanga provincial police said the two met at a local tavern where Bandezi was with his brother.

At about 11pm, Bandezi's brother reportedly told him that it was time to leave. Bandezi's told him he had some business to finish. He left him and the couple also left the tavern, which operates until 2am. Patrons at the tavern said the couple were not regulars at the busy drinking hole.

Khoabane said Bandezi' s half naked body with a condom still on had severe injuries while the almost naked Radebe (Fakude) died at Evander Hospital on Saturday from the severe injuries suffered after being run over by the goods train.