Alleged serial rapist arrested in Qwaqwa after manhunt

2011-02-14 12:54

An alleged serial rapist who terrorised women in the UniQwa and Bluegumbosch areas in Qwaqwa was arrested after an intensive manhunt, police said today.

Free State police spokesman Sergeant Mmako Mophiring said the man was linked positively to 10 investigations of rape in a piece of open field between UniQwa and Bluegumbosch.

“He was arrested by the police in the nearby forest at Kudumane Village.”

Mophiring said several women were targeted in the open field behind UniQwa during December 2010 and January 2011.

A burglary, where a woman was allegedly raped in her house in Bluegumbosch, was also linked to the same man.

Mophiring said a special task team from various police units were assembled after police received information from the public.

“He was first pointed out by the community at a certain house in Bluegumbosch – Khotha Section – where he was hiding.”

Mophiring said the man fled into the nearby mountains, first hiding near a cattle post before escaping into the thick bush at Kudumane Village.

The man was eventually caught, arrested and linked to the alleged crimes.

Government officials and police have also met with students at UniQwa (Qwaqwa branch of the University of the Free State) and discussed the incidents.

Police urged anyone who might have fallen victim at the open field behind UniQwa and Bluegumbosch, or anyone who might have been sexually attacked at home in the vicinity, to contact them at Phuthaditjhaba.

The man was expected to appear before the Phuthaditjhaba Magistrate’s Court today on charges of rape. 

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