Etwatwa alleged rapist's reign of terror stopped after almost a decade

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A police sketch of the alleged arrested serial rapist that has been circulating on internet for years.
A police sketch of the alleged arrested serial rapist that has been circulating on internet for years.
South African Police Service

It almost sounds like an American TV show.

An alleged rapist that's been hunting for victims for almost a decade. And he's possibly linked to 100 cases.

The alleged rapist was captured in March and made his first court appearance in absentia recently. 

He's evaded police for the past nine years. 

Police released a composite sketch of the alleged perpetrator a few years ago. The police were hot on the heels of a black male in his 20s, short to medium height, muscular, with brown or black eyes and a scar on his left cheek.

They offered a R50 000 reward for information leading to his arrest. 

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Police arrested a suspect in March and he made his first court appearance at the Daveyton Magistrate Court on 29 April in absentia.

“The suspect was shot and injured at the time when he was attempting to evade arrest on 17 March 2021. As such the suspect is still in hospital under police guard,” police spokesperson, Brigadier Vishnu Naidoo said in a statement.

The police confirm that upon his arrest, the man in police custody was successfully linked to nearly 60 cases of rape.

But he could possibly be linked to 40 other cases, it's been reported. 

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In March, a video of a man lying on the bed, injured and in handcuffs went viral after he was shot. In the video a woman is heard asking him why he rapes. "You will pay," the woman says to the man who does not answer her. 

The video was posted on Twitter, with many saying he's the man in the sketch. 

The alleged rapist tormented residents in different parts of Ekurhuleni.

“Following his arrest, a DNA report has linked the suspect in police custody to these rape cases which were reported as far back as 2012,” Brigadier Naidoo says.

The police say since the arrest, several other victims have come forward with additional information to assist the team’s investigations. 

He will appear in court on 27 May.

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