Grand diet for serial killing accused

Alleged uMzinto serial killer Thozamile Taki entering uMzinto Magistrate's court for bail hearing which was adjourned for the end November 2007. 09/11/2007.Pic. Thembinkosi Dwayisa. © SUNDAY TIMES
Alleged uMzinto serial killer Thozamile Taki entering uMzinto Magistrate's court for bail hearing which was adjourned for the end November 2007. 09/11/2007.Pic. Thembinkosi Dwayisa. © SUNDAY TIMES

THE suspected sugarcane serial killer demanded perks and privileges in exchange for cooperating with police investigators, the Scottburgh high court heard yesterday.

THE suspected sugarcane serial killer demanded perks and privileges in exchange for cooperating with police investigators, the Scottburgh high court heard yesterday.

"Thozamile Taki cooperated fully with us and he demanded special diet food. He insisted on Hall's juice for breakfast, steamed chicken, Kentucky Fried Chicken and fruit for lunch," Sergeant Ishwarlall Benmohan said.

Taki, 36, is accused of killing 13 women and dumping their bodies in sugarcane plantations on KwaZulu-Natal's South Coast and on tea plantations in Eastern Cape.

He also faces 13 charges of robbery with aggravating circumstances.

Taki's girlfriend, Hlengiwe Nene, is charged as an accessory to the 13 robberies.

Benmohan told the court that he was tasked with finding Taki everything he wanted after he had cooperated fully with the police officers.

The state alleges that Taki supplied the police with a list of names of the people he had killed.

Taki's lawyer Thulani Shange said his client denied this.

"Taki tells me the police came with a list of names and forced him to rewrite them on another piece of paper.

"My client also tells me that he was severely beaten before he agreed to compile the list of names," said Shange.

The court is expected to rule next week on whether the list will be accepted as evidence. - Sapa

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