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Cops release UCT rape suspect's identity

Police released the identity of a 44-year-old man wanted in connection with a rape near Rhodes Memorial.

Patrick Hlomane, also known as Mthunzi Makhamba, who has been identified by police as a suspect wanted in connection with a rape at Rhodes Memorial. Picture: SAPS

CAPE TOWN - Police have released the identity of a 44-year-old man wanted in connection with a rape near Rhodes Memorial.

A warrant for Patrick Hlomane, also known as Mthunzi Makhamba, arrest has been issued following an attack on a young woman in November.

RT #sapsWC Rhodes Memorial rape & robbery suspect sought by #SAPS Capt Brummer 0748616691 ME https://t.co/IETNrTFjKH pic.twitter.com/VAbrlqilXj

The police's Andre Traut says the possibility that the suspect could be linked to other attacks in the area is being investigated.

"If you know the whereabouts of the man please call the police. A warrant for his arrest was issued on 19 November, 2015."

INCIDENTS OF RAPE

There have been three rape incidents reported in the vicinity of Rhodes Memorial since December - one other was an attempted rape.

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

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

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

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