A joint sting operation comprising various police unit including Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences have arrested a man believed to be responsible for four rapes that occurred in Marapong townsip, Lephalale.
The suspect is expected to appear in the Lephalale Magistrate’s Court facing four counts of rape and other related charges.
According to police, the suspect prowling in Marapong Township used the same modus operandi when he attack his victims before raping them.
Police Spokesperson Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe said the suspect struck victims with a hard object on the head, leaving them unconscious before raping and robbing them of their belongings such as clothing, cash and cellphones.
Ngoepe said preliminary investigations link the suspect to four separate rape incidents which took place between 2015 and 2018.
A 34-year-old woman believed to be his first victim was walking through an informal settlement in this area when the suspect hit her with a hard object on the head on December 15, 2015, at 11pm, leaving her unconscious, raped and robbed his prey of her belongings such as clothing, money and cellphone.
Ngoepe said another victim was walking with her friend from the party on February 21, 2015 at 2am when the suspect hit her with a hard object.
“She collapsed and her friend escaped unhurt. The suspect dragged the victim to the nearby park and raped her,” said Ngoepe.
The third incident took place on May1, 2018 at 23:00.
Ngoepe said the victim was walking along the street when the suspect hit her with a hard object on the head, dragged her to a nearby house and raped her.
He added that fourth incident took place on July1, 2018 near one of the local car washes , saying the suspect attacked and dragged the victim to a secluded place and raped her.
This suspect was out on parole after the court previously sentenced him to two years imprisonment for burglary. His conditional release end in June 2019.
The Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service in Limpopo Lieutenant General Nneke Ledwaba has complimented the unit for the job well done.
“The arrest of this suspect will send a strong message out there that police will deal with perpetrators of the gender based violence,” said General Ledwaba.
Ngoepe said police investigations are still continuing.