Former pastor seen as ‘serial rapist’

2017-09-05 06:00

Two Tafelsig men accused of rape in separate incidents appeared in court last week.

On Wednesday last week, the two 49-year-old men appeared in court on their separate charges.

A group of fed-up residents took to the streets to oppose bail in both cases, alongside members of the Mitchell’s Plain Crisis Forum.

The forum used social media to call on residents to join them.

They wrote: “We don’t care how many of us there are each time, but each time we are right there – inside and outside [the] court.”

This was done to show support to the families of the victims.

“We won’t get tired to come to court because they, evil rapists, were not too tired to rape our children,” the post continues.

One of the accused is linked to the recent alleged rape of a five-year-old girl (“Girl (5) shows ‘rapist’s’ home,” People’s Post, 22 August).

It is believed the man was raping her in the bush near Kapteinsklip station when he was spotted by a passerby.

Residents then approached Law Enforcement and the man fled.

Police later arrested the man after the girl apparently showed them to his home.

The man made his first appearance on Wednesday and had allegedly been beaten while in holding cells (“Rape accused beaten”, People’s Post, 29 ­August).

In the second, unrelated matter, police arrested an alleged serial rapist who had lured his victims through social media.

The man, believed to be a former pastor, appeared in court on two charges of murder, four charges of rape, a charge of intimidation and a charge of extortion (“‘Rapist’ uses Facebook as trap”, People’s Post, 22 August).

“The suspect has in the past touted himself as a reverend. The accused – believed to be a serial rapist – is thought to have been active in the period 2013 to 2016,” Captain Ian Williams, Mitchell’s Plain police spokesperson, previously said.

The alleged serial rapist is believed to have committed crimes in a large area, from Wolfgat Nature Reserve to Mnandi beach.

“The accused would allegedly set up a Facebook profile as a female. He would then befriend his victims and win their trust. The accused would target women from poor economic areas who would be seeking employment and would offer [them] employment for modelling jobs,” said Williams.

“He would then get the victim to come to him to take photos at a place arranged close to his house. When the victims arrived at the meeting place, the accused would offer some excuse as to why the female of the Facebook profile wasn’t there. He would then threaten the victim and rape her,” he said.

“We are unable to divulge further information regarding the Facebook profile at this stage as it forms part of the ­investigation.”

The victims are believed to be women in their twenties. The alleged serious rapist is apparently a well-spoken and groomed professional who is neatly shaven and dressed well. Police are requesting women, who believe they are victims, to come ­forward.

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