The 26-year-old man from Philippi was set to appear in the Cape Town Magistrates' Court on Wednesday morning for raping three women and also faces six robbery charges.
Andrew Brace, the chairperson of the Western Seaboard Licence Plate Recognition User Group, says over the past few weeks the area has been plagued by a taxi driver who picks up people in his silver Toyota Avanza in the early hours of the morning and robs, rapes and sexually assaults them.
In the most recent case on Friday, the driver picked up a woman in Parklands and reportedly told her: “Today you got in the wrong taxi.”
According to a report from Table View police, the driver told his victim that he was armed but did not reveal a gun.
He took her cellphone and asked for money.
When she said she did not have any he tried to sexually assault her.
He then took her to an ATM in Bothasig and made her withdraw cash and let her go.
Brace says volunteers spent days working through camera images to identify the suspect.
“On Friday after thousands of images were processed and following up on information they were able to identify the suspect.
"The information was shared with our Crime Fighting Network and it was just a matter of time until one of the members of the network spotted the vehicle.”
On Monday, cops spotted the vehicle and arrested the suspect.
Police spokesperson, Lieutenant-Colonel André Traut, confirms the arrest and charges.
“Besides the three rape cases, six robbery cases are also investigated against the suspect.”