JOHANNESBURG, July 18 – Police in Johannesburg’s West Rand have arrested a man who they suspect may be responsible for at least 10 rapes in Kagiso in the last eight months.
In a statement on Tuesday, police spokesperson, Colonel Lungelo Dlamini, said members of the West Rand Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit believed they had made a “breakthrough in the investigation of more than 10 cases of rape reported in Kagiso since November 2016 up to this month by arresting a man (37) who is suspected to be a serial rapist”.
Dlamini added: “More victims who were raped in other areas might come forward as the investigation is continuing. The suspect appeared at the Kagiso Magistrate’s Court today on charges of rape and robbery. His case was postponed to November 2, 2017, for a formal bail application and further investigation.”
According to police, most of the victims were approached at Park Station taxi rank and the suspect would travel with them to Tsepitsong and then rape them in an open field not far from a local factory.
“This would happen in the afternoon and early evenings on Fridays and Saturdays. Most of the victims were robbed of cellphones and cash. The suspect was arrested on Monday at Tsepisong area. Some of the victims’ items were found in his possession.”
– African News Agency (ANA)