By Staff Reporter
Cape Town high court Judge Judith Cloete on Thursday sentenced a Zimbabwean man to two life terms in prison for brutally murdering a hiker and a cyclist in 2018 and a further 33 years for other heinous crimes.
The three sentences will run concurrently.
Bustop TV established from the Times Live that 32-year-old convicted murderer Blessing Bveni who is now known as ”the Table Mountain Killer” killed Doug Notten and Ian McPherson and attacked multiple hikers and cyclists in the Table Mountain National Park area during his reign of terror in 2018.
Bveni was arrested two days after the vicious murder of cyclist McPherson in March 2018, after a South African National Parks master tracker Sergeant JJ Minye, tracked Bveni’s footprints.
His trail led Sergeant Minje and police officers to a nearby complex where cameras captured Bveni with the victim’s bicycle.
He then sold the mountain bike to a shop owner in Masiphumelele, who confirmed that he bought the stolen item from a Zimbabwean called Blessing.
Police then arrested Bveni at his home in Philippi where they found a bloodstained shirt which DNA tests proved that it belonged to the victim – McPherson.
In handing down her judgement, Judge Cloete had no kind words for Bveni saying, “The fact that he planned to attack solitary cyclists, elderly people and children shows that he is a coward.”
Judge Cloete said Bveni started robbing people in 2017 in the Fish Hoek area of Table Mountain National Park.
With time he became more violent and attacked his victims without hesitation and would repeatedly stab them ”in a frenzy”.
Mr Malcom Esterhuizen a surviving victim said he fought off Blessing as he repeatedly attempted to stab him with a screwdriver.
I don’t think he really cares about what he has to do to get what he wants, or how much hurt and pain and misery he has to cause in the process, he said.