- A Gqeberha man who is accused of exposing an adult to witness self-masturbation has been arrested.
- He allegedly targeted estate agents through WhatsApp.
- The suspect has allegedly been victimising women since March 2016.
A 36-year-old Gqeberha man accused of targeting estate agents through WhatsApp and performing lewd sexual acts via video calls has been arrested.
The man was arrested following an investigation by a reporter from a mainstream media house and a private investigator on behalf of the victims.
According to the police, 25 victims were interviewed and it was discovered the suspect's modus operandi was the same.
"It is further alleged that since March 2016, the suspect had been victimising females from across the country," police spokesperson Colonel Priscilla Naidu said.
She added investigations had revealed the suspect would randomly Google estate agents and after obtaining their cellphone numbers, he would make contact with them via WhatsApp video calls.
"He would then talk dirty to them and thereafter perform lewd sexual acts while still on the video call.
With the assistance of Cyber Intelligence, the Serious Electronic Crime Investigation Unit finally traced the suspect. He was arrested and his cellphone confiscated on Thursday.
On Friday, he appeared in the Gqeberha Magistrate's Court on charges of exposing an adult to witness self-masturbation, flashing/indecent exposure and crimen injuria.
He was remanded and his next court appearance is on 4 October 2021.
The police are urging any other females who may have had the same experience and have not reported it to contact Detective Warrant Officer Huligonda Smuts on 082 319 8707 or Crime Stop on 08600 10111.