We've got news for you.

Register on SowetanLIVE at no cost to receive newsletters, read exclusive articles & more.
Register now

More arrests to come in Mtwalume 'serial killer' murders, says KZN police commissioner

The bodies of three of the six women murdered in Mtwalume were discovered close together while the others were found close by.
The bodies of three of the six women murdered in Mtwalume were discovered close together while the others were found close by.
Image: Sandile Ndlovu

KwaZulu-Natal police commissioner Lt-Gen Khombinkosi Jula says more arrests are imminent in connection with the series of murders in Mtwalume.

“Yes, we did identify other suspects, but we haven’t effected arrests yet. We are close to effecting arrests, which we will announce,” said Jula.

Jula was speaking to journalists on Wednesday at a provincial meeting on crime held by KZN premier Sihle Zikalala and the province’s executive council. The meeting was attended by police minister Bheki Cele who declined to comment when asked about developments in the Senzo Meyiwa murder case.

In August, the semirural town of Mtwalume on KZN’s south coast made headlines after the discovery of the bodies of six women. After the discovery of the fifth body. two men were taken in for questioning and subsequently charged with murder.

On the day Gcina Njilo and Mduduzi Khomo were set to appear in court, Khomo was found hanging in his cell. His death was ruled a suicide and Njilo was released due to lack of evidence.

A week later, the charred remains of a then unidentified woman were discovered on the side of the road. Jula told SowetanLIVE sister publication TimesLIVE at the time the body was not linked to the other five.

On Wednesday, Jula said that the body had since been identified, but he did not elaborate.


Five suspects have been arrested in connection with the murder of former Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa, police minister Bheki Cele has announced. Cele said the arrests were made between 8am and 10am on Monday in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal. Meyiwa was gunned down in Volsoorus, east of Johannesburg, in the presence of his girlfriend Kelly Khumalo and members of her family in 2014.

LISTEN | Five suspects arrested for Senzo Meyiwa murder six years ago

Subscribe for free: iono.fm | Spotify | Apple Podcasts | Pocket Casts | Player.fm

Would you like to comment on this article or view other readers' comments? Register (it’s quick and free) or sign in now.

Speech Bubbles

Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.