Man, 33, faces more than 23 charges

More charges are to be added to the 23 charges of rape that an alleged serial rapist is currently facing.

The man, 33, may not be named until his trial in the Western Cape High Court commences.

He made his third appearance on Thursday, in the Bellville District Court, before Magistrate Ronald Rieckerts, who remanded him to October 27.

At his first appearance on May 11, prosecutor Stefans Venter said the State would oppose any bail application that the man may be wish to bring.

At his next appearance, on May 18, the man’s legal aid lawyer, Robyn Diedericks, told the court that he had abandoned his intended application.

State Advocate Nokuzola Mbewana of the Western Cape Directorate for Public Prosecutions on Thursday replaced Venter as the prosecutor.

She is to prosecute the case when the trial commences in the High Court.

She told the court that the investigation involving the 23 charges was completed, but that additional charges would be added when the man makes his fourth appearance in October.

The man was arrested in May, in the Epping Industrial area, after the Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences provincial task team had completed five-year long investigations.

Cops said the man’s method was to approach victims and threaten and rob them of jewellery and money, before raping them.

He was arrested after forensic tests linked him to the alleged rapes of 23 women.

The rapes were perpetrated over a period of five years, in the Delft area and in Khayelitsha.