Nicholas Lungisa Ncama

Nicholas Lungisa Ncama
Nicholas ‘Ponky’ Ncama
Background information
Birth name Nicholas Lungisa Ncama
Born c 1968
Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Number of victims: 6
Span of killings 1997–1997
Country South Africa
Date apprehended 1997

Nicholas Lungisa Ncama is a South African serial killer who was convicted in 1997 of 3 murders and sentenced to life in prison. His victims all came from the Port Elizabeth area of the Eastern Cape.[1]

Ncama raped and strangled his victims, some of whom were or were related to notable personalities in the Eastern Cape. His first victim was a local police woman, Constable Luyanda Ngcizela (21) whom he strangled with electrical wire. Her body was found by a bus stop in Empa, near to Mthatha on the 28th of May 1997.[1] Ncama went on to murder provincial legislature secretary Nompumelelo Mpushe (26) on the 1st of June 1997.[2] Her body was found near Fort Jackson. His next victim was Cynthia Ndlaku, the wife of a Port Elizabeth Methodist minister followed by Prasella Dayal (41), and her daughter, Rishmi (5) both of East London. His last murder was that of his step-daughter Sonia Zinto (15) whom he raped[3] and strangled and left semi-naked in an empty room in KwaZakhele in October 1997.[3]

Ncama was arrested in November 1997, but succeeded in escaping from police custody on the 3rd of April 1998.[4] Ncama a martial arts enthusiast had been directing police to various criminal exhibits in a house when he escaped.

He was sentenced in Grahamstown on the 17th of December 1998 to life imprisonment + an effective 42 years in jail. Ncama was ultimately convicted on 3 counts of murder (Ngcizela, Mpushe & Zanto), 1 count of rape, 1 count of indecent assault (Zanto) and 1 count of attempted rape.[2]


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