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Suspected UCT rapist expected in court today

The man was caught at an apparent hideout near Rhodes Memorial, which has been the site of a spate of rapes.

The Wynberg Magistrat's Court. Picture: Aletta Harrison/EWN
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CAPE TOWN – A suspected rapist is due in court today in connection with an attack on a woman near the University of Cape Town (UCT). 

The man was arrested over the weekend.

He was caught at an apparent hideout near Rhodes Memorial, which has been the site of a spate of rapes since late last year.

The 35-year-old has been charged with the sexual assault of a woman in November. 

It’s believed detectives are also trying to link him to similar attacks which have occurred near Rhodes Memorial.

The man will face rape and robbery charges in the Wynberg Magistrates Court today.

He’s alleged to have sexually assaulted a 23-year-old woman before making off with her belongings.

Police are investigating whether he’s behind other attacks along the mountain chain, including the rape of a 28-year-old UCT student who was held captive for 24 hours last week.

Meanwhile, UCT’s Kylie Hatton said management will maintain heightened security

“We’re going to continue to do that because they’re highly trafficked areas. The last thing we want to have is any member of our community in any way attacked in this area.” 

The institution has also offered a R100,000 reward for information leading to a conviction.

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

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

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)

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