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Police trying to link UCT alleged rapist to other cases

Police say the investigation is underway to determine whether the man could be linked to other incidents.

The University of Cape Town. Picture: Aletta Harrison/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The case against the alleged serial rapist operating near Rhodes Memorial is back in court today.

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

Police say the investigation is underway to determine whether the man could be linked to other incidents near the UCT campus.

Following an extensive search, police tracked down the alleged rapist to a hide out on the slopes of Table Mountain last Saturday.

The state believes it has concrete evidence including video footage and cell phone records linking him to the rape of a UCT student late last year.

Police have yet to confirm whether an ID parade was held this week. They are trying to link him to a spate of other rapes in the vicinity of Rhodes Memorial.

Last week, South African National Parks (SANParks) said it was going to review safety and security measures around the Rhodes Memorial after an alleged rapist was found hiding in the area.

SANParks' Paddy Gordon said rangers and police conducted overnight patrols in the area near University of Cape Town (UCT) since December.

He believed 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."