Port Elizabeth man arrested for the abduction and rape of two NMMU students

BY YOLANDA PALEZWENI - OCTOBER 31, 2016

A 25-year-old Port Elizabeth man is expected in court on Tuesday facing charges of rape, kidnapping and robbery after he was arrested by the Port Elizabeth Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual offences Unit (FCS) on Sunday in connection with the horrific kidnapping and raping of two Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) students on the 19th of October.

According to the police, the FSC unit in Port Elizabeth received information that the suspect was a passenger in a taxi near Njoli Square, in New Brighton Township, Port Elizabeth, and they immediately followed up and arrested him.

“It is alleged that on Wednesday, 19 October 2016, at about 18:20, two students, aged 18 and 20-years-old from the NMMU, boarded a taxi to the central business district (CBD),” said police spokesperson, Colonel Priscilla Naidu.

She added that the taxi driver failed to stop at the students' destination, but instead drove them to KwaZakhele Township, in Port Elizabeth, where one of the victims was allegedly raped before the driver brought them back to the CBD.

“The driver then drove with them around the CBD before taking them back to KwaZakele where both females were allegedly raped at a house,” said Colonel Naidu.

However, the following morning they were dropped off at a bus stop and they reported the case at SAPS New Brighton. 

The suspect is due to appear in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate's Court.