Mamelodi rape suspect arrested

Police spokesperson Captain Michael Mbewe.

A Mamelodi man has been arrested for allegedly raping a woman.

Mamelodi East police spokesperson Captain Michael Mbewe said the 37-year-old was arrested in Lusaka, Mamelodi East, on Monday evening.

“The police had been on the lookout for the man after he allegedly raped a women who was coming back from work near Pienaarspoort a month ago,” said Mbewe.

He said a resident, allegedly a victim of rape herself, had flagged down the police when she saw the wanted man.

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“She flagged down a patrol van to alert the police she had just seen the wanted man driving in the opposite direction.”

The police chased the perpetrator down and cornered him near Impendulo primary school where he was arrested.

Mbewe said the man was taken into police custody in Mamelodi East and would appear in the Mamelodi Magistrate’s Court on charges of rape.

Mbewe urged residents to avoid walking alone.

“Walk in groups of five to 10 whenever possible, especially in isolated areas, to avoid becoming the next victim.”

“Most crimes occur in the mornings and evenings when people are going to and returning from work.”

Mbewe said if walking home alone was unavoidable, residents should use busy routes.

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He advised residents to report any crime or suspicious person to the police on 08600-10111.

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Stephen Selaluke
Mamelodi journalist

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