Elias Xitavhudzi

Elias Xitavhudzi

Elias Xitavhudzi was a serial killer who murdered 16 women in Atteridgeville, South Africa in the 1960s. Targeting only white females in a strictly-segregated community, his killing spree caused a sensation locally.

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.

Xitavhudzi was the second in a series of at least a half-dozen serial killers to have plagued the township of Atteridgeville.[1]

See also

  • Moses Sithole


  1. ^ (Newton 1999, p. 246)
  • The Encyclopedia of Serial Killers, Michael Newton, p207, 246 ISBN 0-8160-3979-8

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