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NPA may lay additional charges against alleged UCT rapist

The suspected serial rapist will be remanded in custody as video footage & cellphones are scrutinised.

FILE: Patrick Hlomane, also known as Mthunzi Makhamba, who has been identified by police as a suspect wanted in connection with a rape at Rhodes Memorial. Picture: SAPS.

CAPE TOWN - The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) says additional rape charges will most likely be brought against a suspected serial rapist.

Patrick Hlomane, also known as Mthunzi Makhamba, appeared in the Wynberg Magistrates Court yesterday where his case was postponed to next month.

Hlomane was arrested in March in connection with at least five rapes which occurred in the vicinity of Rhodes Memorial.

Most of his victims were University of Cape Town (UCT) students.

The NPA's Eric Ntabazalila says the suspected serial rapist will be remanded in custody as video footage and cellphone records have to be scrutinised thoroughly.

Ntabazalila says statements also have to be taken from witnesses which means more charges may be brought against the man who struck fear in UCT students for months.

"We still need to get further statements as well as cellphone records and video footage which we will use to take our case forward".

Meanwhile, a police investigator has told Eyewitness News the alleged serial rapist's DNA has already been positively matched to five of his alleged victims.

UCT STUDENTS EXPRESS CONCERN OVER SAFETY

Some students say their safety remains top of mind as they go about their business on campus.

EWN spoke to a number students about issues relating to sexual violence.

One student says ,"What saddens me the most is that ladies are seen as objects. A girl should be able to wear what they want to, whenever they want to."

While another says, "You feel unsafe as a female walking from North Stop to South Stop because you don't know what will happen to you in between."

They've demanded eleven alleged rapists be removed from the Grahamstown Campus and want security to be beefed up there.

UWC SRC ENCOURAGES STUDENTS TO SPEAK OUT

The University of the Western Cape's Student Representative Council (SRC) has encouraged students to speak out against sexual violence at the institution.

The SRC has recently launched a campaign which calls on the university community to take a stand against the scourge.

The university's management says one female student was raped this year, but the SRC and other organisations believe this figure is much higher.

They fear many cases go unreported.

The council's Lukhanyiso Matebese says, "I know about a lot gender based violence on women in my residence and how as students did not take note of that because we want the ones being affected."