Spate of rapes in Thaba Nchu
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.