Police looking for man linked to Rhodes Memorial attack

2016-02-25 14:30
Police are looking for this man who can assist with the investigation into recent Rhodes Memorial attacks. (Supplied, Saps)

Police are looking for this man who can assist with the investigation into recent Rhodes Memorial attacks. (Supplied, Saps)

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Cape Town – Police are looking for a man they believe can help them in their investigation into a rape and robbery at Rhodes Memorial in Cape Town.

Western Cape police said on Thursday that they were looking for 44-year-old Patrick Hlomane, also known as Mthunzi Makhamba.

The public were asked to get in contact if they knew his whereabouts or could assist police in tracing him.

He had been linked to an attack on a 23-year-old woman on November 19 last year, said Lieutenant Colonel Andre Traut.

She was raped at the bottom of the memorial and her belongings were taken.

Traut said they were investigating whether the man could assist them with similar cases in the vicinity.

‘Serial criminal’

The University of Cape Town, situated nearby, recently warned students to beware of a "well-spoken man who engages in conversation with those he attacks".

In a security alert on UCT's website at the start of the month, spokesperson Kylie Hatton said a woman was raped while walking on the mountain.

She said police were trying to "verify that this case appears to be the work of a serial criminal", who is likely to have attacked three other women in December and January.

Two students were raped near Rhodes Memorial and a woman hiker was assaulted and robbed along a path between the M3 and Rhodes Memorial.

The university had assigned additional security at the bridge over the M3, which is a thoroughfare for students walking to the upper campus.

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