Johannesburg - Former Blue Bulls flanker Phindile Joseph Ntshongwana was expected to appear in the Durban High Court on Monday.

Ntshongwana allegedly hacked three people to death with an axe. He also faces charges of attempted murder, kidnapping and rape.

He is charged with murdering Thembelenkosini Cebekhulu in Montclair on March 20, 2011; Paulos Hlongwa in Lamontville on March 22, 2011; and Simon Ngidi on March 23, 2011.

He also allegedly kidnapped and raped a woman on November 28, 2010. - Sapa