A Zimbabwean man was on Tuesday slapped with eight life sentences by a South African court after he was found guilty of the kidnapping and murder of seven women in Seshego, Lebowakgomo, and Mankweng.

The convict, Themba Prince Willard Dube, is originally from Mpaya village, Gwanda in Zimbabwe.

He appeared before the Limpopo High Court: Polokwane Division on Tuesday morning where judgment was handed down.

According to the Polokwane Review, via NewZimbabwe.com, Dube was also found guilty of contravening the Illegal Immigration Act 13 of 2002 as well as robbery with aggravating circumstances.

Dube pleaded not guilty to all charges levelled against him except the contravention of the Illegal Immigration Act 13 of 2002.

However, soon after his arrest, Dube confessed to killing several women and is said to have shown the police the locations where his victims’ bodies were dumped.

Some of the bodies found were in a decomposed state and had to undergo forensic testing to determine their identities.

Dube was also linked to one murder case after he was found in possession of a cellphone belonging to a woman who was reported missing.

He was charged with seven counts of kidnapping, seven counts of rape, and seven counts of murder, defeating the ends of justice and entering the country illegally.

Dube was arrested on 29 October 2021 by the Seshego Community Against Crime and Gangsterism organisation and handed over to the Seshego police.