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article imageAlleged axe murderer linked to more deaths and rape

By Andre C James     Apr 4, 2011 in World
Durban, South Africa. Last week, a former South African rugby star was arrested in connection with the brutal killing of at least three people and the attempted murder of one.
Joseph Ntshongwana, a former Blue Bulls rugby player was arrested by the South African Police Services last week for the murder of three people and the attempted murder of another. Two of the bodies appeared to have been decapitated. The head of one of the bodies was found several kilomteres away in a rubbish bin.
According to news reports Ntshongwana stalked his victims in the early hours of the morning and usually targeted workers returning home to the nearby township of Umlazi, on foot. According to one of his victims that escaped, he was attacked by a burly bodied man who appeared from a parked car which had earlier driven slowly past him. The attacker threw an axe at him when he refused to stop after being ordered to do so. Were it not for his screams being heard by nearby residents, the attacker may of claimed his forth victim.
It was initially rumoured that Ntshongwana committed the crimes as revenge for the gang rape of his daughter who contracted HIV as a result of the attack. This has turned out to be untrue and after psychological assessment by the state it is believed that Ntshongwana may not be fit to stand trial and is possibly a serial killer linked to other deaths in the country. In the latest reports Ntshongwana has also been linked to a case of kidnapping and rape and another partly decomposed body has also been recovered in the vicinity of Ntshongwana's alleged killing spree.
The former flanker played for the South African national rugby champion side, the Blue Bulls in 2010. He also played for the Barbarians and Eagles teams between 1996 and 2002. Ntshongwana was educated at Mthatha, Eastern Cape, former President Nelson Mandela's hometown.
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