The case of the prosecution was rested on the 15th of August 1997. The defence had to rely largely on Sithole's denial of any involvement in the murders, when he ascended to the witness box. His testimony was often incoherent and rambling
The prosecution brought up a video that had been shot during Sithole's first incatceration, where he admits to 29 murders. He describes the technique he used in detail. He claimed that he selected his victims from the resemblance of his first rape victim, Buyiswa Doris Swakamisa, whom he regarded as responsible for his first jail sentence
The trial of Moses Sithole began on 21 October 1996. By this time, mounting evidence made up total charges against him increase to up to 38 counts of murder, 6 counts of robbery and 40 counts of rape. With all odds stacked against him, he none the less pleaded not guilty to all charges.
Moses Sithole was described as a handsome and very charming young man. Most of the victims which he raped and murdered were rather enticed to their deaths, with promises of opportunities of employment which would never actually materialise.