Suspected serial rapist arrested after forcing victim’s lover to watch

2014-01-03 00:00

A 40-YEAR-OLD suspected serial rapist who is being investigated for at least five rape cases in the Waterloo area appears in court today. In some cases he forced men to rape their own girlfriends while he watched.

In the latest incident on New Year’s Eve, the man allegedly raped his 27-year old victim while forcing her boyfriend to look on.

The couple were walking in Verulam when the alleged rapist pounced on them and threatened them with a gun, before raping the woman.

The attacker was arrested on New Year’s Day at Waterloo after he was spotted by the boyfriend of the woman he raped, who then called the police.

According to the police, the man is linked to at least four other rape cases in the area.

The police have been on his trail since April last year.

“The suspect might be linked to at least five rape cases where he allegedly approached couples in the Waterloo area and raped the women. In some cases he forced the men to rape their girlfriends while watching,” said police spokesperson Thulani Zwane.

Sometimes the suspect would wear a uniform similar to that of a security guard, as well as a balaclava.

Local councillor Mxolisi Kenneth Ndzimbomvu said the community was tormented about the rapist in the area.

“I know about four or five cases. This rapist used to wear security guard uniform and he once raped a child the whole night,” he told The Witness.

Apparently, this same man raped a teenager who was on her way home after a study group around October last year.

“If this man is appearing in court we must go there to oppose bail,” he said.

A social worker of People Opposing Women Abuse (Powa), Jeanette Sera, said rape has nothing to do with being attracted to someone but it’s about power and control. She said this man’s actions could have been driven by “deep jealousy” as “he doesn’t want to see normal people loving each other”, and “a strong need to instil fear”.

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