PMB serial rape suspect nabbed

2012-09-11 00:00

AN alleged serial rapist whom police have been hunting for three years has been arrested after The Witness published an appeal for information about him in June.

The rapist told some his victims he had loads of cash as he had won the lottery.

To others he promised jobs with the municipality that did not exist.

A 38-year-old man, of Pietermaritzburg, who sometimes calls himself a traditional healer, was arrested after a member of the public alerted police to his whereabouts.

He was granted bail in a rape case in 2009, but never appeared for his next court appearance, and a warrant for his arrest was issued.

Colonel Selva Naicker and Warrant Officer Thamsanqa Duma said they had been investigating the rapes for a long time and arrested the man in Mattison’s Farm informal settlement near Copesville last week.

According to the charge sheet, the man goes under many names.

He has been charged with four counts of rape of several women aged between 17 and 36 from Willowfountain, Sweetwaters and Smero between 2009 and June 2012.

He also faces three counts of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm and kidnapping.

He appeared in court on Thursday and was remanded in police custody until his next court appearance on October 2.

Colonel Naicker thanked the person who alerted them to the man’s whereabouts.

He said the suspect was using different names when he committed the alleged crimes.

In some of the incidents, he posed as a municipal employee and promised to get his victims jobs at a municipality.

In one case, he claimed he could see his victim had problems, which he could help her with.

The police said he met the woman in a taxi and gave her his number so that she could call him when she wanted her problems solved.

“He said, ‘I can see in your eyes that you have problems and I can help you’.

“She was told by the accused that he was a traditional healer,” said Naicker.

He told another victim that he had won the lottery and they would enjoy the money together, but she later discovered that there was no money, and instead of the riches she hoped for, she was raped.

Police are investigating other cases of rape and theft in Tugela Ferry and Taylor’s Halt that the man is alleged to have committed.

Naicker said anyone who might have been a victim of the rapist should call Warrant Officer Duma of the Plessislaer family violence and child protection and sexual offences units at 033 398 9768 or 084 074 6369.

• mlondi.radebe@witness.co.za

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