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AS POLICE continue their hunt for a gang of killers targeting gay men across the country, yet another man has been found dead in his home in Plumstead, Cape Town.
Graham Collop was discovered at his home on Sunday night, bound and strangled after it appears he invited his killers into his home.
It’s a story that has been told at least eight times in Gauteng, with police announcing that a gang is homing in on well-off gay men, its members seducing their way into the homes of their victims.
The victims are then tied up and strangled before their homes are ransacked.
While police have yet to announce whether they believe Collop’s death is yet another in the string of at least eight murders, the modus operandi in Collop’s case bears striking similarities to the others.
Sources close to the investigation say several other similar cases in Cape Town are also being linked to the gang.
In November, the head of detectives in Gauteng, Norman Taiowe, told The Star and Eyewitness News in a private meeting that while they have identified a common suspect between four of the Gauteng cases, they believe not just one man, but a gang of men, are responsible for the serial murders.
It was also revealed that the gang operates outside Gauteng too.
The three men, Maxwell Nyathi, Mthokozisi Ndlovu and Bheki Maseko, appeared at the Johannesburg Magistrate’s court in December, where their case was postponed until the end of this month for further investigation.
No other alleged members of the gang or suspects in the other cases have been arrested since the breakthrough.
The police are still warning members of the gay community to be careful about who they trust. Taiowe has asked gay men to be aware of the identities of their sexual partners, and at the very least tell their friends or family where they are and will be if they plan to meet a stranger.
This article was provided to The Star by Eye Witness News.