An alleged serial rapist has appeared in court.
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- A rape victim says she had flashbacks when she saw her alleged abuser in court.
- The woman was repeatedly raped in the presence of her younger sister.
- He allegedly offered the women a lift before producing a firearm, ordering them to undress and raping them inside his vehicle.
An alleged Ekurhuleni serial rapist, pointed out by 19 rape complainants in an identity parade, winked at his wife and relatives in the public gallery when he appeared in a packed Daveyton Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.
The accused, a 38-year-old part-time law student, cannot be named because he has not yet pleaded to the charges against him.
After his brief appearance in court, a 29-year-old woman told journalists about her horrific ordeal allegedly committed by the accused.
She said that she and her 25-year-old sister decided to walk home from Daveyton Mall because there were no taxis.
“As we were walking, a white sedan stopped near us. He asked if we needed a lift. As it was late, we agreed and jumped into the car.”
She said during the drive they started feeling uncomfortable and just as they were about to exit the car at their parents’ home, the man pointed a gun at them.
“He told us not to do anything stupid because we will force him to do something he doesn’t want to do if we don’t cooperate.”
The siblings obliged.
“We then drove off and parked in a bushy place in Daveyton. He jumped off, came to my side, opened the door and undressed his pants. He ordered me to undress my pants and shoes and go to the back seat. He told my sister to undress. My sister said she was on her period. He then threatened that not raping her that night doesn’t mean he won’t rape her one day. He vowed her day was coming.”
He allegedly ordered the victim to lie down on top of her sister as he raped her.
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“When he was done, he ordered me to go back to the front seat… He raped me again.
“When he was done, he ordered me to dress. He drove us back to our home.”
She said she did not open a police case because the man claimed he was a policeman and threatened that he could easily trace them since he knew where they lived.
She only reported the rape after seeing a post on a neighbourhood watch group on 24 January about the arrest of the alleged rapist on 23 January in Putfontein, where he allegedly attempted to convince two women, separately, to travel with him.
The man was positively pointed out by 17 people during an identity parade in February, and by two other victims following his arrest in January.
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The woman said seeing him at the identity parade brought back painful memories.
“I broke down. I am battling to go out. I fear that I could be targeted again.”
She said the alleged rape has also affected her marriage.
“My husband doesn’t know. No one in the family except my sister knows. I will tell them when I am ready to talk,” she said.
News24 understands that rape cases were reported in Putfontein, Tembisa, Daveyton and Benoni in Ekurhuleni.
It is alleged that the accused went on a rape spree in Tembisa in 2018 and that his youngest victims were 14 and 15. Some victims were raped more than twice.
The case returns to court on 27 February.