Third UCT student raped near campus

In the latest, the university says the student was raped repeatedly for about five hours.

The University of Cape Town upper campus. Picture: Wikimedia Commons.

CAPE TOWN - The University of Cape Town (UCT) says police are investigating a case of rape following yet another sexual assault near Rhodes Memorial.

A female student was crossing a pedestrian bridge near the M3 towards Rhodes Memorial when she was abducted and raped in the bushes last night.

Last month, the institution warned students and staff to avoid the area around Rhodes Memorial due to a series of attacks.

This is the third rape incident reported in the vicinity of Rhodes Memorial since December - one other was an attempted rape.

In the latest, the university says the student was raped repeatedly for about five hours.

UCT's Kylie Hatton says police have told the university the attack appears to be committed by a serial rapist who's most likely responsible for the three other incidents.

She says he's been described as a well-spoken man who engages his victims in conversation before attacking them.