Police search for suspected serial rapist near UCT campus

Official said the suspect has been described as a well-spoken man who engages his victims in conversation.

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

CAPE TOWN - Police are searching for a suspected serial rapist believed to be responsible for four attacks on women near University of Cape Town (UCT)'s campus.

Three students have reportedly been raped in the vicinity of Rhodes Memorial since December.

Another woman was wounded after fighting off an assailant who tried to rape her last month.

In the latest incident on Thursday, UCT said a student was dragged to bushes near Rhodes Memorial and raped repeatedly for about five hours.

Police are looking for a slender-built man in his 20s.

UCT spokesperson Kylie Hatton said the suspect has been described as a well-spoken man who engages his victims in conversation.

She said the man is usually in a hoodie and black pants and appears to know the mountain well.

The university has provided medical assistance and counselling to the survivor of Thursday's attack and again has warned staff and students to avoid the area around Rhodes Memorial.