‘Jobs’ online: Cops nab suspected rapist


LIMPOPO –  A 38-year-old man who has been accused of raping women who he lured through social media platforms, was arrested in the Tzaneen area on Tuesday evening.

Police Spokesperson, Col Moatshe Ngoepe said the man is alleged to have approached most of his victims through various social media platforms, promised them jobs and arranged to meet with them. Upon meeting them he would lure them away from public areas and attack them.

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In one of the latest incidents the victim, a 28-year-old women, was raped on the morning of 1 August. “It is alleged the suspect had accessed her details via social media, had contacted her and promised her employment at a hotel in the Tzaneen area. She agreed to meet with him at around 07:00 within the Tzaneen CBD. The suspect then offered to drive her to the said hotel, however, along the way he threatened her with a sharp instrument and drove to a secluded, bushy area just outside the CBD where he raped her.”

Later the same day, he had used the same modus operandi and targeted a 27-year-old woman. In both instances, he drove off and left the victims behind.

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The police were notified about the incidents, initial investigations commenced and the man was traced and arrested, he added.

“The suspect has since been linked to a series of crimes in and around the Tzaneen area, namely an attempted murder and possession of suspected stolen goods incident that took place in the Ritavi policing area the week before. He might be linked to other cases in the area and across the province.”

The suspect will appear before the Tzaneen and Nkowankowa Magistrate’s Courts soon on charges related to rape and attempted murder.

The police urge anyone who has been targeted by this man to come forward and report the incident to Col Cecil Machimane at 082 451 7181. Alternatively, contact the 24-hour Crime Stop number at 0860010111 or the nearest police station.

Provincial Police Commissioner, Lt Genl Nneke Ledwaba praised the Tzaneen officers for working tirelessly until the suspect was arrested. “We hope that all those who were victimised by this suspect, will come forward, in order for the police to bring an end to these heinous acts, ” he concluded.

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