JINDU ATE VICTIMS’ BRAINS. . . ‘Serial killer’ makes shocking confession

Rodney Tongai Jindu

Rodney Tongai Jindu

Mashudu Netsianda, Senior Court Reporter
SERIAL killer Rodney Tongai Jindu yesterday stunned a court in Bulawayo when he revealed that he sliced off some body parts and also removed the brains of his two victims before eating them.

Jindu (26) of Glengarry suburb in the city made headlines eight months ago in connection with the deaths of Mboneli Joko Ncube and Cyprian Kudzurunga.

He allegedly shot dead Kudzurunga (28) of Queens Park East on January 29, buried him in a shallow grave in Burnside suburb and sent a message to the deceased’s mother pretending to be her son who had suddenly decided to leave the country.

Jindu, who is facing two counts of murder, also allegedly stole Kudzurunga’s laptop and cellphone which he sold in the city centre.

He also allegedly shot Ncube and dismembered the body and set the parts on fire before burying them in four shallow graves.

Jindu’s trial before Bulawayo High Court judge Justice Nokuthula Moyo yesterday failed to take off after the judge ruled that he should be examined by two doctors to ascertain his mental condition in terms of the Mental Health Act.

This was after he claimed that he ate human flesh.

“The accused person’s conduct is prima facie bizarre and abnormal. It is for these reasons that the court finds it fit that a mental examination be conducted to rule out any possibility of mental issues. This will allow the court to proceed to try the accused person after having been satisfied that he is mentally stable,” ruled Justice Moyo.

In his defence through his lawyer, Mr Tanaka Muganyi of Tanaka Law Chambers, Jindu told the court that after killing the two victims, he hired two men to dig the graves. He said the two men assisted him to place the two bodies in shallow graves.

“After shooting Kudzurunga and Ncube on separate occasions, I hired Makesure Mguni and Phathisani Ngwenya to dig the graves. They assisted me in placing the bodies in the graves. After they had left I sliced the bodies and consumed them including their brains,” he said.

Jindu, who appeared calm despite a packed courtroom, told the court that he regretted committing the two gruesome murders.

He said he was intoxicated when he committed the offences after allegedly taking heroine and methamphetamine, a synthetic drug used illegally as a stimulant and as a prescription drug to maintain blood pressure.

Jindu said he developed the urge to murder his two victims so that he could experiment following an alleged general assumption that killing a human being resulted in a mental deficiency.

Jindu was arrested in June after inconsistent statements to the police after Kudzurunga went missing. He allegedly later confessed to killing the two victims and led police to their shallow graves.

According to State papers, on January 12 this year, Jindu drove to a local supermarket situated between Robert Mugabe Way and 11th Avenue and met Ncube.

They proceeded to Burnside suburb, but the motive of the trip was not mentioned in court papers.

The court heard that on arrival in Burnside, Jindu pulled out an Optima pistol serial number 13752 from his car and allegedly shot Ncube twice on the chest and he died on the spot.

He then chopped the body into pieces before burying him in four different shallow graves.

It is the State’s case that on January 29 this year, Jindu was in the company of Kudzurunga walking from Glengarry to Queens Park East. The court heard that Jindu was armed with an Optima pistol serial number 13752.

After walking for a while, Jindu, who was walking behind Kudzurunga, fired one shot from behind and shot him on the head and abdomen twice and he fell down and died on the spot. He took his cellphone and laptop.

After realising that he had killed his friend, Jindu rushed back home and hid the pistol and the now deceased’s laptop in his workshop. He took a wheelbarrow and returned to the murder scene. He shoved the body into a plastic bag, loaded it onto the wheelbarrow and pushed it back home.

He later drove to Burnside where he secretly buried the body at a vacant residential stand. Jindu took the deceased’s cellphone and laptop and sold them for $400.

Police investigations led to his arrest and he confessed that he killed the deceased and made indications which led to the recovery of the body.

The stolen goods and firearm used in committing the offences were recovered.


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  • Brutal Truth

    Jindu now wants to be too clever for nothing.By claiming to have eaten the victims’ brains he’s hoping to be discharged on mental grounds.No one should buy this stupid lie

    • Zvinochererwa Padzairimwa

      Again, I ask: Is anybody in the least bit surprised by this? But think about the big picture, you say?



    • big

      Must the mom take all that blatant insult for the sins of her son surely? I’d suggest you focus on the individual in question and direct all your insults to him if you have to.

      • Afrikan

        Very true,big.

  • God of War

    Some jailhouse lawyer probably told him to cook up that story so that he is sent to Ingutsheni. What he doesn’t know is that life at a mental institution is worse than in jail for a lucid person. Unfortunately it looks like the magistrate has fallen for his rouse unless it’s protocol to ask doctors to have a look at him.

    • Legal Eagle

      When dealing with such cases you have to look at sealing up grounds for appeal which might disturb the case later. In my opinion serial killers have a mental defect which however does not stop them from thinking rationally so cannot qualify for not being responsible for their actions. That is mainly because they are normally intelligent and very calculating and their downfall is normally the thrill of thinking they will not get caught. He is most probably enjoying playing to the Gallery.

      • makhosi

        Psychiatrists have the tools to determine sanity. But in the event that he is found insane he shouldn’t be returned to society. Sickening route by Jindu.

        • Zvinochererwa Padzairimwa

          What about women who have been damaged by abortion. Mainly those forced to use backyard methods and I think that’s very bloody immoral.

        • Legal Eagle

          There is no way that would happen. Not all psychopaths commit murder. He did and in the most gruesome way.

          • makhosi

            Up to this day there is no real motive to kill a close friend!! It all points to insanity. Don’t let your sorrow compromise your objectivity.

          • Zvinochererwa Padzairimwa

            The human race has always had the choice between doing greater acts of good or greater acts of evil..

        • Zvinochererwa Padzairimwa

          Inherited privilege will always see seek self justification and this is one of it’s central tenents.

      • Zvinochererwa Padzairimwa

        As admirable as you are in terms of the subject of Law, you bear little relevance to the daily existence and experiences of the vast majority of us ordinary people, who do not posses such extraordinary talents and cannot boast exceptional achievements. We look to remarkable, inspirational people in our own immediate environments who we find much easier to identify with.

        • Legal Eagle

          I think you might find it easier to Identify with Jindu with your kind of behaviour. I also am an ordinary person. If you are trying to influence people to have an us and them attitude then you are truly stupid. Those that comment here are intelligent people. Something you might have but don’t use.

          • ThaDoggPound

            Pay him no mind. He goes around thinking he is some kind of “internet headmaster” Completely delusional.

          • Zvinochererwa Padzairimwa

            The nastiness of your last remark betrays you

    • ThaDoggPound

      Yep, he is trying to beat the murder rap by pleading insanity through the back door. in this instance he succeeded since the Judge fell for the trick and ordered a mental examination.

      • Zvinochererwa Padzairimwa

        You’re not making sense.

        • ThaDoggPound


        • Nsukwini

          A mad man sees sense in his hallucinations and because he is mad to him normalcy is madness.

    • musa

      the magistrate is right to send him to the docs, if he is sane the docs will see that he is play-acting, i remember a case of a man who acted mentally disturbed but the docs certified that he was sane and he was only pretending to be insane

      • Zvinochererwa Padzairimwa

        No you don’t remember a case, point of correction, you remember a “Nigerian African Movie”.

        • musa

          hey troll, i don’t have time for movies, let alone nollywood movies

  • Mukanya Charuka

    God forbid. Such shocking inhuman behaviour only need God’s power to clense. I fee pity for such a young man to have destoyed his own life by committing traumatizing murders.

  • Mabuza

    Mr lawyer (Tanaka Muganyi) please be rational- if this boy is let out (with your help) he may cause more harm. Does he realy deserve such a defense?

    • Njabulo:libertyatliberty

      Njabulo.libertyatliberty at gmail dot com.Of course,insanity is a defence.But that has to be certified by psychiatrists (doctors and nurses).It can only save him from death penalty as he was not himself or was not in his normal senses during the commission of the heinous crime.However,that does not mean he will walk scot free.He will be sent to Mlondolozi and rain there indefinitely till he dies.

  • neighbour

    Ujindu lapha is causing idrama so that aphume ejele bengamnaka kuhle kuhle ukuhlanya kuyaphela.

  • jonso

    Jindu is not insane comrades.
    Try to look for the past comments on this matter. I commented that this guy is a satanist. He was assigned to do these things. He had graduated on his first assignment of which he was paid for. Who financed his car? Investigate the source of funds for the purchase of his car.

    Assuming he wasn’t caught, by now he would have left the country for a bigger and well paying assignments. Check his passport, you might find a visa processed there.
    You will confuse him when you start doubting and questioning his truth, for that he is saying is just the truth.

    • Essexvale

      You have an interesting point in your assessment of the case. I tend to agree that the man is not mad but rather an initiate of a weird religious cult commonly associated with Satanism. He’s in serious need of dedicated prayer and counselling.

  • Kalanga Princess

    Akula za insanity la. The Judge is doing her job sending for a mental examination. But he will not fool the doctors, no way can they declare him insane. He is very sane but ungu satane. He was busy smiling on his first court appearance without any care for what the victims’ family and friends feel. Nxxxx this one does not deserve to die, death will be too kind, he deserves terrible treatment for life aze athi tata enjeni.

    • Matron Mlangeni Langa Dlamini

      Ufunukweqa lundoda kabambheke ngeso lokhozi

  • qondani

    sometime community justice is good

  • makhosi

    It still makes sense though. Just sieve through.
    I suppose the guy has never been to the beach, he wouldn’t associate it with such.

    • Zvinochererwa Padzairimwa

      The human race has always had the choice between doing greater acts of good or greater acts of evil.

  • MakhosiXamu

    He be hanged , period

  • libertyatliberty

    Njabulo.libertyatliberty at gmail dot com.This guy surely suffers from the disease of the mind(insanity not diminished responsibility).He needs to be locked indefinitely at Mlondolozi in Khami prison.He is a danger to society.