POLICE MANAGEMENT WELCOMES THE ARREST OF A MAN SUSPECTED TO BE BEHIND RAPE INCIDENTS AROUND ACORNHOEK AREA
Nelspruit: The management of the SAPS in Mpumalanga, headed by the Acting Provincial Commissioner, Major General Buti Lekubu has welcomed the arrest of a 37-year-old man suspected to have orchestrated rape and robbery incidents that were carried out between November 2019 and December 2021 at Acornhoek area near Bushbuckridge in Ehlanzeni District.
Reports indicate that defenceless women were sadly raped as well as robbed of their personal items during the said period at both Acornhoek and Calcutta areas. Several cases were separately opened to that regard and members of the Provincial Team from the Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences (FCS) Unit, working with their counterparts at Acornhoek were assigned to investigate as well as ensure that the perpetrator is swiftly put behind bars.
During the tour of their investigation, the team discovered that their suspect has been operating in the area for a while, preying on women where he allegedly raped and robbed them of their belongings.
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The suspect was then apprehended at Acornhoek on Tuesday, 14 December 2021 by a team of SAPS experts from the FCS Unit after being sought by police for more than two years. He is due to appear in the Acornhoek Magistrate’s Court on Friday, 17 December 2021 facing charges related to rapes and robberies.
The Acting Provincial Commissioner of the SAPS in Mpumalanga has further made a clarion call to those who fell victims of violent crimes in the past but never reported such cases to come forward and immediately report at their nearest police stations. The General also appreciated the swift reaction by members from FCS which led to the suspect’s arrest
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