A 36-year-old man is expected to appear in court after he was arrested for allegedly attempting to rape a woman in Brindhaven, Phoenix, KwaZulu-Natal earlier today.
Police spokesperson Lieutenant Nqobile Gwala said: “We can confirm that a 36-year-old male was arrested and charged with sexual assault,” Phoenix Sun reported.
It is alleged that at around 6:26am, a security company, Reaction Unit South Africa (RUSA), received a call from a resident who requested assistance after they heard a woman screaming for help,
The caller assumed the victim was being robbed and reaction officers were dispatched to the scene. Upon their arrival, they found the victim standing in the road.
The victim claimed a man grabbed her while she was walking to work and attempted to drag her into the nearby bushes. While doing so, the suspect allegedly fondled the 47-year-old domestic worker and continuously said he was going to rape her.
When the victim started to scream for help, she drew attention and this resulted in the suspect fleeing the scene.
The victim accompanied the reaction officers in the response vehicle while they searched the area for the suspect. While passing the Redcliffe turn-off the victim pointed out the suspect, who was taking a shortcut through the bush. The suspect was arrested and a case of attempted rape is being investigated.
Gwala said the suspect was detained at Phoenix police cells and would appear at the Verulam Magistrates’ Court tomorrow.
– Caxton News Service