SANParks to review security around Rhodes Memorial
Park rangers & police tracked the alleged rapist to a hideout where he was arrested at the weekend.
CAPE TOWN - South African National Parks (SANParks) will review safety and security measures around the Rhodes Memorial after an alleged rapist was found hiding in the area.
Park rangers and police tracked the 35-year-old to a hideout where he was arrested at the weekend.
The man appeared in court yesterday on charges related to an attack on a 23-year-old woman in November.
SANParks' Paddy Gordon said rangers and police have conducted overnight patrols in the area near University of Cape Town (UCT) since December.
He believes the accused may have used many derelict buildings in the vicinity.
"There are buildings that we believe he has been using. We'll find out what are the access points, and if there's any further danger, we'll either shut it down, break it down or just fence the area off."
The man will line-up in an identity parade this week to determine whether he can be linked to similar attacks on female students.
HOW THE VICTIM WAS HELPED
A Rondebosch petrol attendant described how she helped a UCT student escape her alleged rapist.
Phumeza Sigwela said the 28-year-old woman approached her for help at the Shell filling station on the M3 highway on Wednesday night.
Police say the victim was abducted while jogging near Newlands on Tuesday.
Sigwela said she locked the rape survivor in staff toilets to protect her from her alleged attacker.
The petrol attendant said the man is familiar to her because he buys snacks at the convenience store every night.
"She made a withdrawal at the ATM and withdrew all her money. He took her to wait in the dark … then he came into the shop to buy a cold drink. I then asked her if I should call the police and they came immediately."
She said the desperate woman told her she was raped repeatedly over a period of more than 24 hours.
Police arrested the suspect on the mountain in the early hours of Saturday morning.
Meanwhile, a man accused of raping another UCT student is expected to appear before an identity parade to determine whether he could be linked to similar attacks near Rhodes Memorial.
The accused faces rape, kidnapping and an attempted murder charges for the attack on a 23-year-old student near Rhodes Memorial in November.
The arrest follows a spate of rapes near the UCT campus involving at least three other female students.
The matter is due back in court on Friday.