Zimbabwean gets eight life sentences in South Africa

A Zimbabwean man has been sentenced to eight life sentences and an additional 88 years by a South African court for murder and rape, local media report.

Themba Prince Willard Dube, 36, was accused of kidnapping and murdering seven women in Limpopo province.

He was convicted on Tuesday of multiple crimes of rape, murder, robbery, extortion, possession of stolen property and being an illegal immigrant.

He is said to have entered South Africa without a permit or a passport in 2008.

He was initially arrested in 2021 for possession of a phone suspected to have been stolen from a kidnapped woman.

He denied all the charges in court except for contravening immigration laws.

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