Hunt for a ‘killer’ who ‘dreamed he was death’
Dual Facebook accounts paint eerie picture of a man wanted for the murder of seven people
“What does it mean when you dream-kill someone or you dream you are death?”
This Facebook post, dated November 30 2012, may provide insight into the mind of a man named Sibusiso Ernest Khoza, who is being sought in connection with the gruesome discovery of seven bodies at a house in Vlakfontein, south of Johannesburg.
The bodies, all believed to be members of a single family, were found on Monday after a strong stench was noticed by neighbours. Police have confirmed they are searching for Khoza, described as “a person that police are looking for who can help with the investigation”.
Khoza’s post is one of a series shared on his various social media pages. Despite police being unable to trace him, he seems to have a very active fantasy life on Facebook.
In a post dating back to November 30 2012, Khoza said: “Im not my self today [sic].”
In reply to a comment by a friend, he said: “It makes me angry cos Im doing things that I don't no and I dont even remember anything (sic).”
“Waaaaaaaat? Reaally u dnt remember? Dude u need help.(sic),” the friend responds.
Police found the bodies of three women and four children buried under a pile of sand in a bedroom in the house.
Police spokesperson Captain Mavela Masondo said the children were aged between two and 11. A man, believed to be the boyfriend of one of the dead women, was taken in for questioning.
Khoza started living with the family three months ago, apparently after announcing himself as a long-lost relative. He claimed he was raised in an orphanage in Cape Town and was a doctor by profession, after studying abroad. A relative of one of the victims told Times Select that Khoza was welcomed because he had the same surname and looked like a decent person.
Gauteng MEC for community safety Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane visited the house on Wednesday afternoon.
Red roof tiles and a wheelbarrow stood next to a wall in the passage leading to the rooms where some of the bodies were found.
Nkosi-Malobane said Khoza had approached the family through Facebook. She said investigations had revealed that sharp objects were used to kill the family members.
She said Khoza lied about his nationality and was, in fact, from Zimbabwe.
It seems it was not the only thing the “decent man” had been lying about. It has emerged that he has two Facebook accounts.
In his bio on the “Sibusiso Ernest Khoza” page, he describes himself as: “I am a cool guy who love God. I love my job.”
He states that he studied at New York Medical College and is a medical doctor at the Johannesburg General Hospital, now known as Charlotte Maxeke Hospital.
A post dating back to September 28 reads: “Forgive me Lord.”
“U are already forgive. But u must serve the punishment (sic),” a comment read. It seems it was posted after it emerged that police were looking for Khoza.
Several users called on Khoza to hand himself over to the police.
But on another account apparently also belonging to him, under the name “Vusi Mabaso”, he claims to be a teacher at Mulhall-Orlando High School in the United States. He also claims he studied at Chicago Vocational High School in Chicago, Illinois.
He supports the claims by posting about teaching workshops and starting a new career at Badplaas Mountain Valley College in Mpumalanga. However, his profile status says he lives in Cape Town.
In both profiles he shared pictures of him clothed in the famous light blue tracksuit top and pants of English soccer team Manchester City. The pictures on both pages are of the same person.
It seems his Facebook friends on both accounts were mostly strangers who accepted his invitations.
It also seems he had his heart broken by a woman in 2014.
“I’m sorry. I love u so much love. I keep on looking for love. She won’t forgive me and I don't blame her,” he said in a series of posts.
Masondo said police were aware of the Facebook accounts.
He said concerns were also raised about why the boyfriend of one of the women who was found dead never reported her missing.