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Gay murder suspect in court

A man believed to be linked to a gang of serial killers targeting gay men will appear in court.

FILE: 8 gay men who were murdered. Picture: Supplied

JOHANNESBURG - A man believed to be linked to a gang of suspected serial killers targeting gay men in Johannesburg and Cape Town will appear in court on Monday for at least one of the killings.

Investigators confirmed almost a year ago that they suspected a gang was moving between the two cities, robbing and killing gay men, but since then there's been little movement in the case.

At least eight murders have been linked in Gauteng alone.

Nhlanhla Msimango is the prime suspect in the murder of one of the eight victims in Gauteng.

Siphiwe Nhlapo was murdered in 2011 and Msimango had eluded police until he was arrested in August and confessed to orchestrating a hijacking in Dobsonville.

Just last week, officers realised he was the suspect they'd been looking for in Nhlapo's murder.

Investigators say they will now be profiling Msimango to determine if they can forensically link him to other murders.

Another three men believed to be linked to the gang will go on trial in October for the murder of Norwood resident Barney van Heerden.