Research associate at the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (WiSER), Lisa Vetten, told The Citizen that these murder cases fell into a small category, where far more violence was used to kill the victim.
In cases involving the brutal murders of women, Vetten said: “Basically, it is a case of overkill. The perpetrators of these killings often have a blatant hatred for women”.
The Citizen looks at five murder cases that shocked the nation.
Former Blue Bulls player Ntshongwana kills with axe
Phindile Joseph Ntshongwana, a former Blue Bulls player, was sentenced to five terms of life imprisonment in the Durban High Court on Friday.
Judge Irfaan Khalil sentenced Ntshongwana to five life terms for four murders and a rape.
He was also sentenced to four years for each of two attempted murders, two years for assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm and four years for kidnapping, the SA Press Association reported.
Ntshongwana killed Thembelenkosini Cebekhulu in Montclair, Durban on March 20, 2011; Paulos Hlongwa in Lamontville two days later; Simon Ngidi in Umbilo the following day; and an unidentified man in Yellowwood Park some time that week.
All were hacked to death with an axe. Two of the victims were beheaded.
Chatsworth headless woman
In August, the half-naked, headless corpse of Desiree Murugan was discovered by municipal workers at the Shallcross Sports Stadium in Chatsworth, KwaZulu-Natal.
Six suspects had been arrested in connection with the murder.
One of the suspects, Falakhe Khumalo (18), received a life sentence after pleading guilty in the Durban Regional Court.
In his statement, Khumalo reportedly stated that in June last year, his brother took him to see traditional healer Sivonkaliso Mbili to be treated for a sexually transmitted disease.
Khumalo said during the consultation, Mbili proposed he acquire the head of a female who was white, Indian or coloured. Mbili said Khumalo would receive R2 million.
The other five accused, Vusumuzi Jabulani Gumede (30), Mbili (32) and three minors would appear in court again on January 15.
Jozi FM DJ Donald Sebolai accused of killing girlfriend
In June, popular DJ Donald Sebolai allegedly murdered his girlfriend Rachel ‘Dolly’ Tshabalala.
Sebolai, who presented a weekday show on Jozi FM, which spoke out against abuse of women and children, was accused of stabbing Tshabalala to death at his flat in Jabulani, Soweto, on June 29.
Following a manhunt, Sebolai was arrested in Dube, Soweto, on July 8.
The murder trial will begin in the high court in Palm Ridge, Johannesburg, in February.
Jealous lover eats rival’s heart
In June, Zimbabwean national, 35-year-old Andrew Chimboza, was arrested in Cape Town for the murder of Mbuyiselo Manona (62).
While appearing in the Athlone Magistrates’ Court a month later, Chimboza reportedly admitted to stabbing Manona in the chest, cutting out his heart and eating it.
Chimboza’s bid for bail would reportedly continue. Prosecutor Quawnita Geyer told the court in September she had received pages of petitions from local residents who did not want him released.
The case was likely to be heard by a regional court or the Western Cape High Court.
Mother, daughter and unborn son murdered
In January, Zimbabwean national Samuel Ndlovu (32) was arrested in connection with the death of his girlfriend Jenelee van Rooyen (22), who was seven months pregnant.
Police said Van Rooyen had been stabbed to death in Blydeville, Lichtenburg, on January 12.
After killing Van Rooyen, her womb was cut open, the foetus removed and its throat slit with a knife. Van Rooyen’s one-year-old daughter’s throat was also slit.
In October, Ndlovu was sentenced to life imprisonment by the high court in Mahikeng.