Between July 1994 and October 1995 the ‘ABC KILLER’ haunted the heart of every black woman in South Africa. Named as such because he targeted victims in Atteridgeville, Benoni and Cleveland, the ‘ABC Killer’ raped and murdered more than 37 black women within these 15 short months.
Born in the township of Vosloorus on the 17th of November 1964, Moses Sithole was dragged into a world of poverty, oppression and segregation under the Apartheid regime. His mother was an alcoholic who regularly beat Moses and his 5 siblings. One of his siblings, his step-sister, raped Moses when he was still very young. At the age of 6, his father, the sole provider of the family, died, resulting in the eviction of the Sithole-household from their tin-roofed residence.
After his father’s passing, his mother abandoned them, and they were subsequently juggled between one poorly-managed youth home and the next. Moses said the following about the orphanages, “You had to be strong to survive.” Moses ran away numerous times, once even returning to his mother. However, their reunion was short-lived, as she did not want him and sent him back swiftly.
When in his early teens, Moses ran away once more to Vosloorus. He quickly became popular with the local women for his good looks, disarming smile and charm. His defence attorney, Eben Jordaan, described Moses as “a very intelligent man.”
However, for all his virtues, Moses also had his vices. He was quick-tempered and prone to violent outbursts against women. It is surmised that this stems from abandonment and rejection issues due to his mother. Another contributing factor was his step-sister raping him, making him feel powerless. Moses felt betrayed by every single woman in his life.
Thus, in 1987, at the age of only 22, he sexually assaulted a woman for the first time and got his revenge. Over the next 2 years Moses raped various other women and with each attack he became more violent. Fearing for their lives, his victims kept...
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