UNIVEN Serial Killer

UNIVEN Serial Killer, Alleged serial killer and rapist Godfrey Ndivhuwo Ntsieni has blamed sinister forces for leading him to unconsciously commit a series of murders and rapes in and around the University of Venda (Univen) in Limpopo earlier this year.

Ntsieni, a final-year Bsc student at Univen, is facing 16 charges – four counts of murder, one of attempted murder, five of rape, three of aggravated robbery and three counts of kidnapping.

He was arrested in July following a series of killings in and around the Univen community.

He allegedly raped and killed University cleaner Brenda Ndove, 45; student Livhuwani Mbodi, 22; eight-year-old Alice Mashau and nine-year-old Tshililo Ndou between March and July this year.

Twenty-year-old student Shudufhadzo Sandy Thagisa was hospitalised after she was severely assaulted and robbed in May, allegedly by Ntsieni.

But he made a submission to the court yesterday that he could not be held responsible for the alleged crimes as police had assaulted him into making an admission.

His counsel also supported his claim that he could’ve been “sleep-walking” at the time the alleged crimes were committed as Ntsieni was sure that someone could’ve “initiated” him into a dark cult that made some of his behaviour “out of my control”.

“I was also a person who, according to sources, I would wake up at night during the time shortly before the alleged commission of the offenses but I myself it was out of my control. I heard this from one of the persons who was occupying a room next to mine at Golgotha,” Ntsieni defence counsel read from a statement.

“I also get information that while in custody at Thohoyandou Medium B (Matatshe Correctional Centre), I woke up during the night and I was bathing of which I was told by one of the inmates. I was surprised as I knew nothing about that; I’m still surprised and if indeed it happened [then] it happened out of my control.”

Ntsieni blamed a man named “Rendani from Tshakhuma” for giving him a R100 banknote that may have a curse responsible for his uncontrollable behaviour. 

“[Rendani] said I should work with him and said he will show me how we will operate and since that day I experience the habit of waking up at night without knowledge and control of it.

“I may say since that day, it was like he initiated me into something and my self-control was diminished,” Ntsieni’s statement read and concluded that he ought to be released on bail which his family would be able to raise if it does not exceed R10 000.

The state suggested Ntsieni be referred to a mental institution for observation and asked the court to postpone the case to 24 February 2015.

Magistrate Andriaan Geldenhys granted both requests from the state and remanded Ntsieni into custody.