Man faces at least 100 child rape charges

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Johannesburg - Gauteng police are investigating at least 100 counts of rape against a Tembisa man, which could make him the country's worst serial rapist.

The Star reported on Thursday that the man is accused of raping more than 50 schoolgirls aged between 6 and 12, as well as charges of kidnapping and assault. Police are investigating whether he is linked to further incidents in other parts of the province.

The HIV-positive man could also be charged with attempted murder, as he committed the rapes knowing his HIV status.

The 40-year-old man is due to appear in court on Thursday.

According to The Star, the man was taken into custody in July last year in connection with the rape of a 9-year-old Soweto girl.

Police believe he could be the man responsible for a spate of child rapes committed in Gauteng and Limpopo over the last six years. The rapist would apparently ask children for directions as they were going to school, and would then take them into the veld where he would rape them.

South Africa's worst serial rapist until now was Mongezi Samuel Jingxela, who was found guilty of committing 66 rapes.

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