A middle-aged serial killer who raped women before strangling them with their own underwear and then dumping their bodies in the veld near Onderstepoort in Pretoria North, was yesterday convicted on three charges of murder and four of rape.
Judge Vivian Tlhapi convicted Andries Makgae, 54, following a series of rapes and murders in the Onderstepoort area between January 2012 and January 2013. Makgae raped and murdered his first victim, 60-year-old Maria Pilore, in January 2012. Polore was last seen leaving a tavern at a smallholding in Onderstepoort on New Year’s Day. Her body was found in bushes at a nearby smallholding on January 17, 2012.
His second victim, The 69-year-old Juliet Makgatla, was last seen alive on February 4. Makgae raped her before strangling her with her own underwear and leaving her body in bushes at the same smallholding.
In January 2013, he struck again, when he raped and murdered 29-year-old Praise Mpatsi. Her decomposing body, with her underwear around her neck, was found in the same bushy area on January 21, 2013.
Makgae then attacked a few days later, on January 14, 2013, when he broke down the door of a 44-year-old woman’s house and raped her twice during the course of the night. The next morning she alerted her brothers, who apprehended Makgae. The doctor who examined her after her ordeal testified that someone had tried to strangle her.
He claimed he started hating women after his wife accused him of giving her Aids. The trial was postponed to July 21.