A 35-year-old man accused of rape appeared in the KwaDukuza Magistrate’s Court on Monday, 8 August 2016, after he was caught in the act on 6 August by the KwaDukuza police, KZN SAPS spokesperson, captain Nqobile Gwala said.
The suspect allegedly picked up two females on Saturday, 6 August, near the ‘First Tearoom’ in the KwaDukuza CBD after he had inquired about their destination and offered them a lift.
The women wanted to go to Ntshawini, but the suspect allegedly informed the victims, near uShaka Mall, that he wanted to see a friend in Gledhow before dropping them off.
The suspect then allegedly made a detour into Gledhow and drove to the sports field in the area, where he stopped the vehicle and allegedly told the two female occupants that he wanted a drink of water.
At that moment one of the female occupants in the vehicle apparently became suspicious of the suspect’s motives after she noticed that he was in possession of a firearm.
After the suspect asked one of the females to come to the front seat, he then allegedly tried to rape both the females, but one of them managed to escape and alerted the KwaDukuza SAPS.
KwaDukuza SAPS spokesperson, warrant officer Johannes Khoza said when the police returned to the alleged scene of the crime – near the Gledhow sports field – with the female who managed to escape the suspect was caught in the act of committing the offence.
“When the police arrived at the scene the suspect and the victim were getting dressed, possibly because the suspect was alerted by the police vehicle’s blue lights,” Khoza said.
The suspect appeared in court on 15 August 2016 for bail and the matter was postponed to 23 August for a formal bail application.
Gwala said the KwaDukuza FCS is investigating cases of rape and kidnapping.