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Classification: Mass murderer
Characteristics: Parricide
Number of victims: 6
Date of murders: July 2000
Date of birth: 1967
Victims profile: One man (his brother) - children - ???
Method of murder: Suffocation with plastic bags - ???
Location: Malkerns, South Africa
Status: Shot and killed by police on March 29, 2001

Swaziland police discovered the six bodies in august 2000, buried in shallow graves. One of them have been identified as the suspect's brother. The children were suffocated with plastic bags and possibly buried alive.

Vilakati died while doctors were still trying to operate him, after he was shot following his attempted escape in his home town of Mankayane.

After his death, his father Jabhi Vilakati, was at a loss because the family was loathe to pay for the funeral.

Swaziland senator Mbho Shongwe has been praised in Parliament for paying for the burial costs of Bongani Vilakati who was kept on ice in a state mortuary for three months. The burial took 30 minutes at Manzini Cemetery.


Bongani Vilakati

In July 2000, the bodies of six people were unearthed at Vilakati's farm in Malkerns. He was implicated by two Mozambicans who were hired by Bongani Vilakati to dig the graves, and were arrested by police for their role in assisting the killer.

For eight months, Vilakati was in hiding, until he was spotted by police, chased through a maize field, and fatally shot.

The Swazi media criticised the police for shooting the unarmed suspect, who if he had lived might have shed some light on reports of missing persons in the Malkerns area.


Swaziland stunned by serial killings


Wednesday, April 25, 2001

MBABANE - The murder in Swaziland of at least 28 people - mostly women - in a spate of suspected serial killings has rattled the sense of well-being in the sleepy mountain kingdom, known for its low crime rate and friendly people.

Stunned residents are blaming everything from religious excess to a sexist culture for the gruesome killings in the remote southeast which have forced Swaziland's one million residents to re-examine the national psyche.

Police uncovered 28 decomposed bodies, mostly of women, in a commercial forest at Malkerns, about 50 kilometres from the capital in an operation that lasted several weeks and ended last Wednesday.

Law officials believe the murders were carried out over a period of 10 months.

They say many of the victims appeared to have been sexually abused before being killed.

Most of the bodies were naked and used condoms were found near the shallow graves where they were buried.

Residents told journalists the Usuthu Pulp Forest where the bodies were found was a popular sex spot.

The first three of the 28 corpses were uncovered only days after police shot and killed a suspected serial killer who had been linked to six other corpses unearthed in another part of the country earlier.

It has not been established whether that man, Bongani Vilakati, was responsible for the subsequent killings.

Police have offered a N$50 000 reward - many years of income for most Swazis - for information leading to the arrest of the killer or killers and report some progress in their investigations.

However, apprehensive residents have urged the government to seek international help - possibly from South Africa and Britain - to investigate the crimes.

"We have reason to applaud the police for the brilliant work they have done so far, but, because we do have no experience in dealing with such matters, we need experts to help us," said Human Rights Association of Swaziland secretary general Joshua Mzizi.

South Africa, which has police officers who specialise in investigating serial killings, is ready to help its tiny neighbour."

"Our government would respond positively to such a request if it was made but, as far as I know, it has not," South African high commission (embassy) spokesman Tando Dalamba told AFP.

Relatives of missing women have been flocking to the area to see if their loved ones were among the dead.

Concerned citizens, including the traditional authorities, have come up with a host of theories to explain the killings.

The Queen Mother, who rules alongside King Mswati III, suggested the murders were the result of demonic activity and urged her subjects to pray for salvation.

"The demons have spread everywhere and they can only be subdued by prayer," the Queen Mother said.

The national League of Churches, meanwhile, said it suspected the killings to be the work of a religious cult similar to one involved in the death of 700 worshippers in Uganda last year.

On March 17 about 300 members of the Movement for the Restoration of the Ten Commandments of God, many of them women and children, were killed in a blaze in a Kanungu, western Uganda church whose doors and windows had been nailed shut.

Cult members had reportedly been persuaded that they were going into the 'Ark' to join the Virgin Mary in heaven.

In the following weeks a further 395 bodies were found buried in mass graves."

"Deducting from what happened there, one would be justified to expect a similar slaughter here in Swaziland," said league president Isaac Dlamini.

Women activists meanwhile, have blamed the killings on deep-seated attitudes that encourage the exploitation of women."

"How many women have fallen victims in the hands of men?

The number of women dying in mens hands is increasing day after day," said Ntombi La-Ngwenya, the head of the Swaziland National Association of Teachers womens league.

Swaziland boasts of one of the lowest crime rates on the African continent.

Its relative stability is one of its main attractions for tourists and investors alike.



Possible Swaziland Serial Killer (24-33)

In April 2001 the dead bodies of 24 murdered women and children have been uncovered in a forest near Swaziland's traditional capital, Lobamba. Other accounts put the total of victims at 33.

Initial investigations have revealed that the victims were killed over a period of several months up to a couple of years. Police Commissioner Edgar Hillary of the tiny mountain kingdom of Swaziland described the murders as a "national disaster".

Police and soldiers stumbled from one body to another after a herdsman discovered the first victim. All the victims' bodies were either in an advanced stage of decomposition or skeletal. Senior police detective Jomo Mavuso led the search in the thick forest.

The police discovered that all the victims had been killed in a similar way. The bodies of the 21 women and three children were found stripped naked lying face down. The victims had been raped before either being strangled to death or beheaded.

The bones and clothing of the victims were packed into plastic bags and transported to a nearby police station before being taken to mortuaries for identification. The Swaziland police believe the murders are the work of serial killer.

Police suspect that the bodies and three others found a week before could possibly be further victims of suspected serial killer Bongani Vilakati, who was shot and killed by police on March 29. Vilakati was shot during a chase through a maize field after police had found six bodies buried on his farm about 30 miles from the city of Mbabane last year.



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