'Serial rapist was wrongfully accused'
Sifiso Makhubo killed himself ahead of his trial.
JOHANNESBURG - The advocate representing an alleged serial rapist who committed suicide ahead of his trial says his client believed he was wrongfully accused.
Sifiso Makhubo killed himself on Wednesday night at Johannesburg Prison where he was being kept as a high profile prisoner.
It's understood he hung himself with a blanket.
He was scheduled to appear in the Palm Ridge Magistrate's Court on Thursday to face 122 charges relating to rape, attempted murder and kidnapping.
Livingstone Nguna said it was unfortunate his client killed himself as he seemed to be upbeat about the trial.
"The question of identity was going to be at issue. A lot of effort and resources have been wasted."
The National Prosecuting Authority's (NPA) Phindi Louw said they were deeply disappointed that the matter had to be struck off the role.
"We hope this will be one of the cases that will see the law growing to meet the demands and needs of society."
Makhubo was accused of raping 34 children and two women in 2006 before his arrest five years later.
He also faced charges of attempted murder after he allegedly infected his victims with HIV.
The alleged crimes took place in Kathorus, east of Johannesburg, between 2006 and 2011 when he was arrested.
Police have opened an inquest docket into Makhubo's death.