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Security bolstered at UCT following arrest of alleged rapist

A 35-year-old man was arrested yesterday in connection with the rape of a woman in November.

The University of Cape Town upper campus. Picture: Wikimedia Commons.
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CAPE TOWN – University of Cape Town (UCT) management says it will maintain heightened security in and around its campus following the arrest of a suspected rapist.

A 35-year-old man is in police custody after being apprehended at a hide-out near Rhodes Memorial yesterday. 

He will appear in the Wynberg Magistrates Court tomorrow in connection with the rape of a 23-year-old woman in November. 

However, police are investigating whether he's linked to several other reported cases in the vicinity.

UCT management had hired additional private security to patrol off campus areas around Rhodes Memorial and Newlands Forest.

The institution has also been working with South African National Parks (SANParks), neighbourhood watch organisations and police to bolster security. 

UCT spokesperson Kylie Hatton says those areas are used frequently and management wants to prevent another attack.

“I think this has been a difficult period for us and it will continue to be, in terms of the safety of our staff and students. Earlier this year, we had a series of difficult incidents around the campus where we had some armed robberies."

Hatton says the institution will provide whatever support police need in their investigation.

R100K REWARD

UCT on Friday 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.

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

(Edited by Tamsin Wort)

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