was a serial killer who murdered 16 people in
Atteridgeville, South Africa in the 1960s. Targeting
only white females in a strictly-segregated community,
his killing spree caused a tremendous sensation locally.
Prior to his capture,
he acquired the nickname "Pangaman", panga being
a local word for the machete with which he mutilated his
victims. Upon capture, he was immediately sentenced to
death and executed. However, Xitavhudzi was to be only
the second in a series of at least a half-dozen serial
killers to have plagued the township of Atterdgeville.
(Newton 1999, p. 246)
One of half a dozen serial killers spawned by the South
African township of Atteridgeville in modern times, Elias Xitavhudzi was
nicknamed "Pangaman" prior to capture, after the long,
broad-bladed knife he used to kill and mutilate his 16 female victims.
Occurring in the 1960s, Xitavhudzi's crimes were doubly
traumatic for strictly segregated Atteridgeville, since the victims were
white and their killer turned out to be black.
Upon capture, Xitavhudzi was swiftly tried and sentenced to
death, but his spirit lives on in Atteridgeville, which continuas to
produce vicious stalkers on a regular basis-most recently, the
still unidentified "Atteridgeville Mutilator."
Michael Newton - An Encyclopedia
of Modern Serial Killers - Hunting Humans