Man linked to 23 rape cases arrested

2016-05-10 21:56

(Nielen de Klerk, News24)

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Cape Town – A 33-year-old man linked to 23 cases of rape was arrested in the Epping Industrial area in Cape Town on Tuesday, Western Cape police said.

The suspected was identified by the SA Police Service Forensic Laboratory. 

He was arrested after an extensive investigation conducted over five years. The rapes took place in the Delft and Khayelitsha areas.

"The modus operandi that the suspect would follow is to approach his victims and threaten them," police said.

"He would then rob them of jewellery and money. The victims were between the ages of 18 and 28 years."

Seven victims had been traced so far.

The man was expected to appear in the Bellville Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.

Vigilantes killed wrong men

Two people were previously questioned after the community alleged that they were involved but could not be linked to the rapes and were released.

"It is tragic that the community took the law in their own hands and killed them, as well as two more men who were wrongfully accused of having committed rape in the area," police said.

"It is now proven that all four these deceased were not involved in the crimes as alleged by the community."

The SAPS condemned the killing of innocent people at the hands of community members.

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