UCT rape suspect arrested

UCT rape suspect arrested

Police have made an arrest in connection with the rape of a 23-year-old woman at Rhodes Memorial near the University of Cape Town.


A 35-year-old man was arrested in the early hours of Saturday morning.

It is being investigated whether the suspect can be linked to three other incidents of rape reported in the vicinity of UCT in recent months. 

Police say the suspect was found hiding out on the slopes of Table Mountain near Rhodes Memorial.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Andre Traut says: "He was arrested on a charge of rape which he allegedly committed on 19 November last year. 

"A 23-year-old woman was raped at the bottom of Rhodes Memorial. She was robbed of her personal belongings."

The suspect is expected to appear in the Wynberg Magistrate's Court on Monday. 

The latest attack involved a female UCT student on Tuesday evening.


It's understood the student was jogging in Newlands Forest on Tuesday night when a knife-wielding man threatened her, and forced her into nearby bushes where she was held for some time and raped.


The 28 year-old managed to escape her captor. 

Edited by: Marius van der Walt

Show's Stories