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UCT issues warnings to students, staff as hunt for rapist continues

Three students have been raped just off campus, while a fourth woman was injured in an attempted rape.

The University of Cape Town upper campus. Picture: Wikimedia Commons.
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CAPE TOWN – The University of Cape Town (UCT) Vice-Chancellor Max Price said the university is assisting police with patrols following attacks on four women near its campus.

It’s suspected a serial rapist is behind the attacks.

Three students have been raped in the vicinity of Rhodes Memorial since December.

Another woman was injured after fighting off an assailant who tried to sexually assault her last month.

Price said police have upped patrols.

“We’ve seconded our own staff and it’s not our challenge to police the mountain, but we think there’s a serial rapist out there. And we think that four rapes were about the same person because they are very similar. Until he’s caught, we’re putting out messages to students and to staff to not walk alone.”

UCT's Max Price addresses safety after series of rapes near campus:


Last week, the university said it’s working with SANParks and police in an attempt to allay to fears following several incidents of rape near Rhodes Memorial.

The latest attack on Thursday has seen the institution’s management come together with SANParks and police to find ways to make students and staff feel safe.

The police’s Noloyiso Rwexana said they need assistance in identifying the suspect. 

“The suspect has been described to be a black male in his late 30s, well-built and he wears a hoodie all the time.”

Police have also advised people to avoid the area around Rhodes Memorial at night or to walk in groups.

The university has provided medical assistance and counselling to the survivor of Thursday’s attack and again has warned staff and students to avoid the area around Rhodes Memorial.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)

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