Role Serial Killer
Name Nicholas Ncama
|Country South Africa|
Span of killings 1997–1997
Date apprehended 1997
|Born c 1968Port Elizabeth, South Africa|
Criminal penalty Life Sentence, effectively 42 years
Nicholas Lungisa Ncama is a South African serial killer who was convicted in 1997 of 3 murders and sentenced to life in prison. His victims all came from the Port Elizabeth area of the Eastern Cape.
Ncama raped and strangled his victims, some of whom were or were related to notable personalities in the Eastern Cape. His first victim was a local police woman, Constable Luyanda Ngcizela (21) whom he strangled with electrical wire. Her body was found by a bus stop in Empa, near to Mthatha on 28 May 1997. Ncama went on to murder provincial legislature secretary Nompumelelo Mpushe (26) on 1 June 1997. Her body was found near Fort Jackson. His next victim was Cynthia Ndlaku, the wife of a Port Elizabeth Methodist minister followed by Prasella Dayal (41), and her daughter, Rishmi (5) both of East London. His last murder was that of his step-daughter Sonia Zinto (15) whom he raped and strangled and left semi-naked in an empty room in KwaZakhele in October 1997.
Arrest and Conviction
Ncama was arrested in November 1997, but succeeded in escaping from police custody on 3 April 1998. Ncama, a martial arts enthusiast, had been directing police to various criminal exhibits in a house when he escaped.
He was sentenced in Grahamstown on 17 December 1998 to life imprisonment + an effective 42 years in jail. Ncama was ultimately convicted on 3 counts of murder (Ngcizela, Mpushe & Zanto), 1 count of rape, 1 count of indecent assault (Zanto) and 1 count of attempted rape.