Spate of rapes in Thaba Nchu

The New Age (Free State) - - FREE STATE NEWS - MICHAEL TLHAKUDI michaelt@the­

PO­LICE in Thaba Nchu said they were wor­ried about a spike in the case of rapes re­ported in the town re­cently.

This was after a 22-year-old Motheo TVET Col­lege stu­dent was ac­costed by a man wield­ing a knife and later raped.

The in­ci­dent was re­ported last week by the young woman.

Po­lice spokesper­son Sgt Martin Xuma said the young woman was walk­ing by the rail­way on her way home from col­lege in Selose­sha, Thaba Nchu, when she was ap­proached by a man not known to her who grabbed her and took her to a va­cant house near the rail­way sta­tion.

He said the stu­dent was raped after be­ing threat­ened with a knife by the sus­pect. He then took the vic­tim’s cell­phone and ran away.

The vic­tim man­aged to iden­tify the sus­pect.

He said po­lice had since ar­rested a 23-year-old man from Zone 3 in Thaba Nchu.

The man, who is ex­pected to ap­pear in court this week, was found in pos­ses­sion of the woman’s cell­phone.

He said a case of rape and rob­bery had been opened for in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

“In­ves­ti­ga­tions are still un­der way and the sus­pect is ex­pected to ap­pear in the Thaba Nchu Mag­is­trate’s Court soon fac­ing charges of rape and rob­bery.

Xuma said this was the sec­ond in­ci­dent this year. In Jan­uary, an­other woman was ac­costed at the same spot and raped.

He said it was not yet clear whether it was the same sus­pect who com­mit­ted the crime.

“At the same spot an­other woman was raped and we have not made any ar­rests re­lat­ing to that case. How­ever, we are mak­ing a plea to the vic­tim to come for­ward.”

Xuma said the fam­ily violence, child pro­tec­tion and sex­ual of­fences unit in the Selose­sha clus­ter was in­ves­ti­gat­ing two cases of rape and rob­bery that were com­mit­ted in the past three weeks.

He fur­ther ap­pealed to res­i­dents who might have been vic­tims of the ap­pre­hended sus­pect to con­tact Det-Const Masilo im­me­di­ately on 0824555952 or 0518739122 or visit her at Selose­sha FCS of­fices in Selose­sha po­lice sta­tion.

“We are ap­peal­ing to the vic­tim of the rape to come for­ward to see if it is the same sus­pect who raped her three weeks ago as a sim­i­lar case was opened in Jan­uary at the same spot and is still un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion,” Xuma said

Although Thaba Nchu is not known for such crimes, in the past few years there have been a num­ber of rape cases re­ported in the area and po­lice are con­cerned about the ris­ing num­ber of rapes.

BE AWARE: A Motheo TVET Col­lege stu­dent was ac­costed and raped.

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