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Cape Town – A man has been arrested in connection with a spate of rapes and robberies in the Rhodes Memorial area above the University of Cape Town (UCT), Western Cape police said on Saturday.

“During the early hours of this morning [Saturday] an intelligence-driven operation led police to a hide-out on the slopes of Table Mountain below Rhodes Memorial where a 35-year-old suspect was arrested on a charge of rape which he allegedly perpetrated on [November 19 last year], Lt-Col Andrè Traut said.

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During this incident, a 23-year-old woman was raped at the bottom of Rhodes Memorial and robbed of her personal belongings. Detectives assigned to the case identified a possible suspect and a warrant for his arrest was obtained.

The possibility that the same suspect, who was due to appear in the Wynberg Magistrate’s Court on Monday, could be linked to similar cases in the same area was now being investigated, Traut said.