Suspected serial rapist due in court

A Tembisa man could be responsible for the sexual assault of more than 50 school girls.

A Tembisa man could be responsible for the sexual assault of more than 50 school girls. Picture:stock.xchng.

JOHANNESBURG - More details are expected to emerge in the Protea Magistrates Court this morning when a suspected serial rapist, who could reportedly be behind more than 50 attacks on young girls, appears in the dock.

Police have confirmed two rape charges against the 40-year-old man from Tembisa, but The Star newspaper is reporting he is being investigated for more than 100 counts.

These relate to incidents of rape, kidnapping and assault in Polokwane, Centurion, Midrand, Tembisa and Kliptown.

According to the newspaper more than 50 of the victims were school girls between the ages of six and 12.

The number of alleged rape charges against this man, who cannot be named before he pleads, will make him the worst serial rapist the country has seen - if found guilty.

He faces more charges than Mongezi Jingxela, who was convicted for 66 rape incidents in 2010 and dubbed South Africa's worst sexual offender.

The police's Doniah Mothutsane says the suspect was apprehended last year.

"The man was arrested and charged with two counts of rape in Kliptown. He is still in custody."

This man is suspected of being the serial rapist police have been searching for since 2007 for a series of attacks committed over six years in Gauteng and Limpopo.