UCT congratulates police for arrest of possible Rhodes Memorial rapist

2016-03-12 20:20
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Cape Town - The University of Cape Town (UCT) congratulated the police after Saturday's arrest of a 35-year-old man suspected to be the Rhodes Memorial rapist.

''We understand that the Saps are now investigating the possibility that the same suspect could be linked to similar cases in the area. This matter is now in the hands of the justice system and due process must be followed,'' UCT said.

The university said it would continue to support the police in the investigation.

Earlier Cape Town police spokesperson Captain Andre Traut said the man was arrested at a hide-out on the slopes of Table Mountain below Rhodes Memorial.

The latest attack was on Tuesday when a woman was running along the Princess Ann cycling path. She was threatened with a knife and forced into bushes where she was raped. He kept her there for hours and then made her walk with him to a garage. She managed to escape and sound the alarm. She was admitted to hospital. 

The man arrested on Saturday faces a charge in connection with a rape that occurred on November 19 2015, but could be linked to other attacks in the area.

"During this incident a 23-year-old female was raped at the bottom of Rhodes Memorial and robbed of her personal belongings," Traut said.

The man was scheduled to appear in the Wynberg Magistrate's Court on Monday.

The arrest was after UCT offered a R100 000 reward for any information that could lead to an arrest.

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