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Case against UCT rape suspect postponed

The 35-year-old allegedly attacked a woman last November in the vicinity of Rhodes Memorial.

The Rhodes Memorial in Cape Town. Picture: Aletta Harrison/EWN

CAPE TOWN - A man accused of raping a University of Cape Town student appeared in the Wynberg Magistrates Court this morning.

The matter has been postponed to May for further investigation.

The 35-year-old allegedly attacked the woman last November in the vicinity of Rhodes Memorial.

An investigation is underway to determine whether the man could be linked to similar incidents.

The suspect appeared in the same court as the men accused of raping and murdering 16-year-old Franziska Blöchliger. Blöchliger's murder case has been postponed to 5 April for a formal bail application.

Meanwhile, UCT management say they have hired additional private security to patrol off-campus areas around Rhodes Memorial and Newlands Forest.

The institution has also been working with South African National Parks, neighbourhood watch organisations and police to bolster security.

At least five women have been attacked since November.