Police: Possibility that serial rapist attacked UCT student not ruled out

On Tuesday, a University of Cape Town student was attacked and raped while jogging in Newlands forest.

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CAPE TOWN - Police have not ruled out the possibility a serial rapist has struck again.

On Tuesday, a University of Cape Town student was attacked and raped while jogging in Newlands forest

The woman was held captive for more than 24 hours before she escaped.

In the latest attack, the student was accosted at the forest, raped and held captive for more than 24 hours in an isolated area before she escaped last night.

Her attacker then allegedly forced her to walk to the nearest garage, where she managed to break free and call the police.

Five other students have been attacked by a serial rapist in the vicinity of Rhodes Memorial since December.

The police's Andre Traut said, "The circumstances surrounding the case are being investigated. The victim, a 28-year-old, female was attacked by a suspect on Tuesday evening in Newlands forest.

"She was held captive and she managed to escape and reported the incident to the police. The suspect fled and is yet to be arrested."

UCT Vice Chancellor Max Price said they are working closely with authorities to bring the perpetrator to book.

"We have put more security around, but this is off the campus and it happens along the mountain side in the bushes, and obviously when we put security in one place the rapist or rapists move to another place."

UCT said it will continue to work closely with police.

It further said it feels a "deep sense of responsibility" towards students and staff and it feels a deep sense of pain for any person who endures such an assault and violation, and for their family.

The woman is recovering in hospital.