Cops arrest 'Birthday rapist'

2012-03-04 13:35

Johannesburg - A 28-year-old man awaiting trial for a string of crimes relating to the rape of 12 women was re-arrested on Sunday morning, the National Prosecuting Authority said.

"He was arrested at 09:00 in Pietermaritzburg this morning," spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga said. "I was told he did not offer any resistance."

Mlungisi Mtshali was supposed to appear in court on Wednesday, but it was discovered he had been "erroneously released" by correctional services, Mhaga said on Friday.

Mtshali, who had been at large since February 13, had already threatened witnesses, who "fear for their lives", Mhaga said.

Mtshali was dubbed "the birthday rapist" because his modus operandi allegedly involved telling young women it was his birthday and inviting them to celebrate with him at a nearby restaurant or bar.

He allegedly would later ask one of them to accompany him to fetch his sister or a friend, taking a metered taxi into Hillbrow or central Johannesburg.

Mtshali then allegedly lured the women into a hotel room under the pretext of fetching his sister, the friend, or his luggage, and rape her.

He faces 120 charges, including rape, fraud, robbery, and kidnapping.

Mhaga said the NPA was making arrangements for Mtshali to appear in the Johannesburg Regional Court on Monday.

"We are hoping that we will get all the witnesses so we can proceed with the trial [on Monday]."

"We are commending the police for their tireless effort to ensure he was arrested and behind bars in such a short space of time," Mhaga said.

  • IAnon - 2012-03-04 13:56

    "We are commending the police for their tireless effort to ensure he was arrested and behind bars in such a short space of time," You Morons let him out in the 1st instance.

      sefeddt - 2012-03-04 18:33

      It was Correctional services that released him, they were to blame.

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  • eserfontein - 2012-03-04 14:12

    I'm interested to know if the erroneous release was indeed erronous or fraudulent.

      Carla - 2012-03-04 21:11

      Probably pay a police man to release him

  • Marion - 2012-03-04 14:28

    Well done SAPS. Thumbs down Correctional Services.

  • Marion - 2012-03-04 14:29

    @IAnon - Correctional Services let him out, not the SAPS.

      IAnon - 2012-03-04 14:38

      Sorry Marion, remind me as to who pays their salaries?

  • Sallie - 2012-03-04 14:36

    The National excuse by Government Dept's - "SORRY".

  • Eully Eulendah Lubisi - 2012-03-04 15:39

    He need a divine prayer, the is a devil working inside him, how can he enjoy raping over and over again, SAPS must get him soon, he is not a safe person to be at stray!!!

  • Melanie Purge - 2012-03-04 15:58

    shame on u mtshali, u have no respect 4 women

  • TheJaydedKing - 2012-03-04 17:26

    fluk, this country is full of frikking rapists. everyday i keep reading more and more about rape. i am truly fearful for our women, we just dont do enough to protect them.

  • Sharon - 2012-03-04 19:18

    Oh happy day - Now don't lose him again, pretty please!

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