Elias Xitavhudzi, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Elias Xitavhudzi

South African serial killer

Place of Birth: Atteridgeville, Gauteng, South Africa

Date of Death: 14-Nov-1960

Profession: serial killer, criminal

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About Elias Xitavhudzi

  • Elias Xitavhudzi was a serial killer who murdered 16 men and women in Atteridgeville, South Africa, in the 1950s.
  • Xitavhudzi was a South African and targeted only whites in a strictly-segregated community.
  • His killing spree caused a local sensation during the peak years of South Africa's apartheid regime. Prior to his capture, he acquired the nickname "Pangaman" (panga being a local word for the machete with which he mutilated his victims).
  • Following his conviction, he was sentenced to death and hanged on 14 November 1960. Xitavhudzi was the second in a series of at least a half-dozen serial killers to have plagued the township of Atteridgeville.

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