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Fri Apr 18 15:11:48 SAST 2014

Former rugby star arrested after axe killings

NIVASHNI NAIR | 30 March, 2011 23:000 Comments

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A former Blue Bulls and South Africa U21 rugby player will appear in the Durban Magistrate's Court today in connection with last week's grisly axe killings of three men in Lamontville, Umbilo and Yellowwood Park in KwaZulu-Natal.

The 34-year-old played for the Blue Bulls' Currie Cup and Vodacom Cup teams and the South African Barbarians.

He was arrested on Tuesday - a week after the first of the bizarre deaths in southern Durban.

When police released information on the killings last week, they claimed the killer may have been avenging the rape of his daughter, who was infected with HIV during the ordeal.

However, police yesterday could not confirm whether the former rugby player has a daughter.

According to police, the axe-wielding man allegedly targeted random men who were returning from work at night.

A 27-year-old man, who narrowly escaped last Tuesday, told police he was returning from work when a man in a grey car with an Eastern Cape number plate drove past him slowly in Lamontville.

He alleged that the driver stopped the car, jumped out and accused him of raping his daughter and infecting her with HIV.

The man told police that the attacker pulled out an axe and tried to hack him, but he managed to escape.

A day later, Ndodo Hlongwa was decapitated in the area. His head was found in a bin in Himalaya Road in Merebank.

Two more bodies were found in Yellowwood Park and Umbilo.

Police allegedly found a 40cm axe and clothing belonging to one of the victims in the suspect's Yellowwood Park home.

The former rugby player will be charged on three counts of murder and attempted murder.

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