Sipho Agmatir Thwala

The Phoenix Strangler

  Active for 2 years
(1996-1997) in South Africa

16

CONFIRMED
VICTIMS

19

POSSIBLE
VICTIMS
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  9. Death
  10. 4 Timeline Events
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  13. 15 Books About Sipho Agmatir Thwala
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Sipho Agmatir Thwala (Sipho Mandla Agmatir Thwala) a South African rapist and serial killer known as the Phoenix Strangler. Thwala was convicted for ten rapes and the murders of sixteen women. Thwala's nickname came from the area in which he committed his crimes, Phoenix, an Indian township in South Africa. Thwala offered victims employment and was described as charming, he spoke English, Afrikaans and Zulu. Thwala would lure women into sugarcane fields near Phoenix where he would bind, beat and rape them prior to strangling them with their own undergarments. He also set fire to the field and the body the victim in hopes of destroying evidence.

Sipho Agmatir Thwala Serial Killer Profile

Serial Killer Sipho Agmatir Thwala (aka) The Phoenix Strangler, was active for 2 years between 1996-1997, known to have ( 16 confirmed / 19 possible ) victims. This Serial Killer was active in the following countries: South Africa

Sipho Agmatir Thwala was born in KwaMashu, Township located in Kwa-zulu Natal Durban. He was raised by his mother. He had at least one sister, Zibekile. His mother, Khathazile Ntanzi.

Sipho Agmatir Thwala a heterosexual male citizen of South Africa. no degree received.

Prior to his spree he had commited crimes, and served time in jail.

In 1996 Sipho Agmatir Thwala started his killing spree, during his crimes as a serial killer he was known to strangle, rape, mutilate, and murder his victims. At least one victim was tied, bound, or otherwise restrained during the crime.

He was arrested on August 14th 1997, convicted on March 31st 1999, sentenced to life imprisonment a total of 506 years at C Max Penitentiary in Pretoria, South Africa. He was convicted on charges of murder and other possible charges during his lifetime.

Profile Completeness: 82%
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Sipho Agmatir Thwala has been listed on Killer.Cloud since November of 2016 and was last updated 5 months ago.

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Sipho Agmatir Thwala
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Updated: 2019-02-08 Collected by Killer.Cloud
General Information
Name: Sipho Thwala
Nickname: The Phoenix Strangler
Victims: 16 - 19
Years Active: 1996 - 1997
Active Countries: South Africa
Convicted Of: murder
Characteristics
Gender: Male
Citizenship: South Africa
Sexual Preference: heterosexual
Marital Status: N/A
Children: N/A
Living With: N/A
Occupation: criminal, serial killer
Childhood Information
D.O.B.: N/A
Given Name: Sipho
Birth Location: KwaMashu, Township located in Kwa-zulu Natal Durban
Birth Order: N/A
Siblings: at least one sister, Zibekile
Rasied By: his mother
Birth Category: N/A
Mother: Khathazile Ntanzi
Father: N/A

Cognitive Ability
IQ: N/A
Highest School: N/A
Highest Degree: no degree received

Incarceration
Arrested: Aug 14, 1997
Convicted: Mar 31, 1999
Sentence: life imprisonment a total of 506 years
Prison Location: C Max Penitentiary in Pretoria, South Africa
Executed: N/A
Previous Crimes: TRUE
Previous Jail: TRUE
Previous Prison: FALSE

Death Information
Death Date: N/A
Cause of Death: N/A
Death Location: N/A
Killed In Prison: N/A
Suicide: N/A
4 Timeline Events of Serial Killer
Sipho Agmatir Thwala

The 4 dates listed below represent a timeline of the life and crimes of serial killer Sipho Agmatir Thwala. A complete collection of serial killer events can be found on our Serial Killer Timeline.

Date Event Description
1996
Sipho Agmatir Thwala started his serial killing spree. #1996
1997
Sipho Agmatir Thwala ended his serial killing spree. #1997
Aug 14 1997
Sipho Agmatir Thwala arrested. #19970814
Mar 31 1999
Sipho Agmatir Thwala was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment a total of 506 years at C Max Penitentiary in Pretoria, South Africa.  #19990331
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Boolean Questions:
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Killer
Answer
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Answered
previous crimes TRUE 361
previous jail TRUE 345
rape TRUE 444
bound TRUE 398
strangle TRUE 434
mutilated TRUE 437
father drug abuse FALSE 189
mother drug abuse FALSE 191
problems in school FALSE 217
teased in school FALSE 214
physically defect FALSE 295
speach defect FALSE 295
head injury FALSE 294
physically abused FALSE 226
psychologically abused FALSE 219
sexually abused FALSE 221
drug abuse FALSE 222
alcohol abuse FALSE 221
psychologist FALSE 254
forensic hospital FALSE 253
previous prision FALSE 330
kill at killers home FALSE 313
kill at victims home FALSE 316
used weapon FALSE 445
used gun FALSE 444
torture FALSE 418
stalk FALSE 410
blindfold FALSE 356
sex with body FALSE 423
ate part of body FALSE 442
drank blood FALSE 433
posed body FALSE 357
totem body part FALSE 358
totem personal item FALSE 347
robbed FALSE 411


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Sipho Mandla Agmatir Thwala (born 1968) is a South African rapist and serial killer who was convicted in 1999 for the murders of 16 women and 10 rapes. He was sentenced to 506 years in prison. Thwala was known by the moniker "The Phoenix Strangler".Thwala, born and raised in KwaMashu, began his year-long rape and murder spree in 1996 in South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal province.

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External References
  1. Sipho Thwala on en.wikipedia.org, Retrieved on Sep 16, 2018.
  2. Juan Ignacio Blanco, Sipho Agmatir THWALA on murderpedia.org, Retrieved on Sep 16, 2018.
  3. Q1391127 on www.wikidata.org, Retrieved on Oct 17, 2018.
  4. Discovery Channel The Phoenix Strangler on web.archive.org, Retrieved on Dec 12, 2018.
  5. Sipho Thwala on www.serienkillers.de, Retrieved on Feb 18, 2019.
Internal References

Sipho Agmatir Thwala is included in the following pages on Killer.Cloud the Serial Killer Database

  1. #8 of 20 [ Page 1 ] of Serial Killers active in South Africa
  2. #34 of 248 [ Page 3 ] of Serial Killer Stranglers sorted by Confirmed Victims
  3. #49 of 304 [ Page 4 ] of Serial Killer Rapist sorted by Confirmed Victims
  4. #89 of 649 [ Page 6 ] of serial killers sorted by Confirmed Victims
  5. #209 of 649 [ Page 14 ] of serial killers sorted by Profile Completeness
  6. #520 of 649 [ Page 35 ] of serial killers sorted by Years Active
  7. #588 of 649 [ Page 40 ] of the A-Z List of Serial Killers
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