Judgment in sex workers’ murder trial set down for March

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A decision in the rape and murder case against Sifiso Mkhwanazi has been set down for the 13th of next month.

The 21-year-old is accused of raping and killing six sex workers whose decomposing bodies were found at his father’s panel beating shop in Johannesburg in 2022.

Closing arguments in the trial wrapped up yesterday.

The defense questioned the motive behind Mkhwanazi’s father’s decision to testify against his son.

It also told the court that the 21-year-old killed the sex workers instinctively in a bid to avoid returning to jail. He said he and the women had consensual sex. He killed them after they reneged on their agreement on the payment for sex and demanded more money.

In 2021, he spent 10 months in jail after a sex worker accused him of rape. He was recently acquitted of that claim.

The state believes that the 21-year-old’s actions were premeditated.

According to evidence submitted before the Johannesburg High Court, sitting in Palm Ridge, one of Mkhwanazi’s alleged victims was pregnant at the time of her murder.

Addressing the court yesterday, State Prosecutor, Leswikane Mashabela explained why they did not pursue murder charges for the deceased infant.

Written by: Naomi Kobbie

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