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UCT rape case postponed to Friday

A suspect was arrested on Saturday for the November 2015 rape of a young woman near Rhodes Memorial.

Picture: Saps.

CAPE TOWN - The case against a man charged with the rape of a University of Cape Town (UCT) student has been postponed.

The 35-year-old suspect faces counts of rape, kidnapping and attempted murder relating to an attack near Rhodes Memorial last November.

Police have not ruled out the possibility that the man could be linked to at least three other incidents near the university's campus.

The prosecution believes there's strong evidence, including video footage and cell phone records that can link the accused to the rape of a woman last November.

An identification parade, to be held in coming days, may help detectives who are trying to link him to similar offences near Rhodes Memorial.

Police have been searching for a serial rapist for months now, and believe they made a breakthrough at the weekend.

They arrested the accused at a hideout on Table Mountain on Saturday.

The matter has been postponed to Friday.

R100K REWARD

Last week, UCT on Friday offered a reward of R100,000 for information leading to the arrest and successful prosecution of the Rhodes Memorial attacker.

It followed the rape of another student in the vicinity in recent weeks.

A 28-year-old woman was attacked while jogging along the bicycle path near the Princess Anne Drive Bridge on Tuesday evening.

She was raped and held captive for more than 24 hours before managing to flee on Wednesday night.

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

At least five women have been attacked since November.

RAPE SUSPECT'S IDENTITY

Last month, police released the identity of a 44-year-old man wanted in connection with the rape near Rhodes Memorial.

The man had been described as well-spoken individual who engages his victims in conversation before attacking them.