8 Victims in Serial Murders Trio Charged with Killing Homeless in Money Scam
BYLINE: TANIA BROUGHTON
DURBAN: Like the plot of a horror movie, three alleged serial killers will be tried in the Durban High Court next week on charges of murdering eight homeless people in order to scam insurance companies.
In the dock will be the alleged mastermind, Mary-anne Dimba, 39, of Johannesburg, as well as those who the State says did her bidding, Linda Mdluli, 42, of Durban, and Sibusiso Buthelezi, 24, a shack dweller from Pinetown.
They are facing 49 charges including murder, racketeering and fraud.
The indictment says the crimes took place from November 2005 to March 2008 - and as yet none of their victims have been identified.
The State alleges they fraudulently used other people's identity documents to open bank accounts and take out insurance policies, with themselves as beneficiaries.
They would then kill a homeless person, identify them as the policy holders and make the claims.
In two instances, unable to find a person to kill, they simply went to the mortuary and found unidentified crash victims, who they claimed were their relatives.
The State alleges the total of insurance policies taken out was more than R2 million. …