A meticulous investigation has led to the arrest of a 33-year-old serial rapist suspect in Tzaneen, Limpopo.
The investigation was done by the Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offenses (FCS) Unit.
The serial rapist had allegedly been terrorising the communities of Bolobedu and Tzaneen.
SERIAL RAPIST ARRESTED IN TZANEEN
The alleged serial rapist was arrested at the Tzaneen CBD after police received a tip-off. The police have been been probing at least 7 rape cases that were reported between 2015 and 2016. They noticed had similar modus operandi.
Further investigation revealed that the perpetrator targeted unsuspecting women on their way to Tzaneen town. Who either did not know the area very well or he just offered some assistance. In doing so, he would lure them to secluded areas.
The suspect would then rape and rob the victims of their belongings. One of the victims was hacked with a panga during the incident.
The suspect also targeted women hitchhiking on the R71 road near Tzaneen Spur restaurant on the way to Phalaborwa and Giyani. Concerted effort was put in trying to apprehend the perpetrator who was unknown until he was ultimately linked through forensic evidence.
The accused briefly appeared at the Tzaneen Magistrate’s Court on Friday on multiple charges of rape and robbery. He will appear before Bolobedu Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday 03 January 2023 and in Tzaneen on 06 January for formal bail application.
The suspect may be linked to more cases as police investigations are still unfolding.
Provincial Commissioner of Police in Limpopo Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe has commended the Police.