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UCT pleads for information to convict alleged serial rapist

A 35-year-old man was taken into custody this morning in connection with the rape of a 23-year-old.

FILE: Police are investigating whether he’s linked to a series of other similar attacks near the university precinct. Picture: SAPS.

CAPE TOWN - The University of Cape Town (UCT) management is encouraging its students and members of the public to assist the police with any information that could lead to the conviction of a suspected rapist.

A 35-year-old man was taken into custody this morning in connection with the rape of a 23-year-old woman near the Rhodes Memorial in November.

Police are investigating whether he's linked to a series of other similar attacks near the university precinct.

UCT spokesperson Kylie Hatton said, "The arrest by the police is obviously the first step, so whatever additional information people are able to provide to the police, we encourage them to do so. We are going to do everything we can to ensure that a successful prosecution happens as quickly as possible."

R100K REWARD

UCT yesterday offered a reward of R100,000 for information leading to the arrest and successful prosecution of the Rhodes Memorial attacker.

It follows the rape of yet another student in the vicinity in recent weeks.

A 28-year-old woman was attacked while jogging along the bicycle path near the Princess Anne Drive Bridge on Tuesday evening.

She was raped and held captive for more than 24 hours before managing to flee Wednesday night.

Her attacker then allegedly forced her to walk to the nearest garage, where she managed to break free and call the police.

At least five women have been attacked since November.

RAPE SUSPECT'S IDENTITY

Last month, police released the identity of a 44-year-old man wanted in connection with the rape near Rhodes Memorial.

A warrant for Patrick Hlomane, also known as Mthunzi Makhamba, arrest was issued following an attack on a young woman in November.

The man had been described as well-spoken who engages his victims in conversation before attacking them.

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