UCT puts up R100 000 reward for info on Rhodes Memorial rapist

2016-03-11 19:30
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Cape Town – The University of Cape Town has put up a R100 000 reward for any information leading to the successful arrest and prosecution of a rapist who seems to be targeting students in the Rhodes Memorial area.

In a statement on its website, the institution said it was also deploying a private security firm to increase patrols in the affected areas.

It said the executive would meet members of the South African Police Service again as soon as possible to ensure that the university supported police in their efforts to arrest the perpetrator.

On Thursday, News24 reported that another UCT student had been brutally attacked, assaulted and raped off campus.

The university said it could not be certain, but it seemed as though the attack was similar to three previous ones near Rhodes Memorial, and that the assailant might be the same person.

The 28-year-old student was running along the bicycle path near the Princess Anne Drive bridge in Newlands when a man threatened her with a knife, UCT's Gerda Kruger said.

He severely assaulted her and forced her into the bushes, towards the Rhodes Memorial area.

"The man held her captive for some hours and raped her. The man later forced her to walk to a garage, where she was able to break free. Staff helped her to phone the police."

She was admitted to hospital.

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