A small group of NMU students attended court proceedings at the Port Elizabeth Magistrate's court on October 9, 2017. Picture: ANA

Port Elizabeth - A 29-year old man charged with raping two Nelson Mandela University (NMU) students appeared briefly in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate's Court on Monday. 

The man, who cannot be named until he pleads, appeared in the dock dressed all in white. 

He is charged with violently attacking two students at the NMU Second Avenue Campus last week.

The case against him was postponed so the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) in the Eastern Cape could decide which court the matter will be heard in.

At his last court appearance, the suspected rapist indicated he intended to plead guilty to the charges against him.

It further emerged that he had a previous conviction of robbery with aggravating circumstances. 

Charges against him include two counts of rape, robbery, and housebreaking.

A 25-year-old student and her friend were violently attacked in a computer lab at the Second Avenue Campus on Monday last week. The man allegedly raped the students, robbed them of their cellphones, and stabbed one of them with a pair of scissors.

The women were then forced to take a computer and monitor, which they had to carry until they were outside the building. The attacker ordered the women to pass the loot to him before he jumped a gate and fled, police said at the time. 

He was arrested last week while apparently trying to sell the equipment in Govan Mbeki Avenue.

The case against him was postponed to October 16. 

The suspect was remanded in custody. 

African News Agency