South Africa, Cape Town – A Cape Town man Blessing Bveni, 33, originally from Zimbabwe, faces 10 charges, including two counts of murder.
Bveni been sentenced in the Western Cape High Court on Thursday for his spate of crimes perpetrated around the Silvermine Nature Reserve.
Between October 2017 and March 2018, he attacked hikers, cyclists and a woman and two children.
According to National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesperson Eric Ntabazalila, Bveni was sentenced to two life terms plus 33 years.
He said Bveni’s modus operandi was the same during all incidents. He attacked his victims around the Silvermine Nature Reserve near Fish Hoek, robbed them of their valuables and brutally stabbed some victims without provocation.
While delivering her sentencing, Judge Judith Cloete said the deceased were subjected to brutal, frenzied attacks with the clear purpose of making sure they would not survive.
State prosecutor advocate Chris Burke welcomed the sentence and said he was relieved for the family and friends of the victims, who will hopefully get some solace from the fact that justice was served.
Burke also commended the South African Police Service (SAPS) and South African National Parks (SANParks) on their exquisite investigation and swift reaction, without which this conviction and sentencing could not have been secured.
“Lastly, as a runner myself, I am happy to have helped to make beautiful Table Mountain a safer place to be on and enjoy,” Burke said.
African News Agency (ANA)