An alleged serial rapist, who has been on the run for five years, will have to wait until next week before he can launch his bid for freedom.
Sikhangele Mki made a brief appearance at the Bellville Magistrates’ Court yesterday, where he was charged with 23 counts of rape.
The Khayelitsha resident was arrested on Tuesday in the Epping Industrial area after forensic evidence linked him to the crimes.
The Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences [FCS] Provincial team investigated the cases for over five years.
According to police, the 33-year-old targeted young women in Khayelitsha and Delft.
Cops say they have already traced seven victims aged between 18 and 28 years old.
Four men accused of being behind the rapes have been killed in brutal mob justice attacks.
Two of them had been questioned by police, while the other two were wrongfully accused by the community.
State Prosecutor Stephen Venter indicated they needed a seven-day postponement to acquire another docket before deciding whether to oppose bail.
Dressed in a pair of blue jeans and a polka-dot T-shirt, the accused stood silently in the dock
With his hands folded over his chest, the accused only spoke to request a legal aid lawyer.
The matter was postponed to May 18 for further investigation.