Citizen Reporter
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17 Nov 2015
12:20 pm

Twitter hunts down ‘rapist’ at UCT

Citizen Reporter

Social media sought the alleged rapist throughout the day.

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A man who has been accused of raping a Gender Studies student at University of Cape Town has reportedly been detained in Mowbray Police Station, in Cape Town.

The woman said she was sexually assaulted in the early of hours of Monday by fellow Fees Must Fall member in Avenue House in Mowbray. She posted her version of events on Monday morning shortly after.

“I was sleeping and then I wake up to feel fingers up my vagina,” she wrote. “I then wake up to go cry in the bathroom and try and wake up the men in this space.”

“It takes moments of pleading and eventually me tipping over tables and f***ing s**t up before n*****s are able to wake up and come to the point of addressing the fact that a whole womyn [sic] body has been violated in the darkness of the night.”

The post, along with the photo and name of her alleged rapist, were circulated widely social media on Monday.

Using the hashtag #RapeAtAzania, Twitter users passed each other clues on his whereabouts.

“This office can confirm that a rape case was opened for investigation. A 24-year-old suspect was arrested and is due to appear in the Wynberg Magistrates Court’ on Thursday, November 19, 2015,” Western Cape police spokesperson Captain FC van Wyk.

UCT spokesperson Pat Lucas said that once the institution was made aware of the sexual assault, they “immediately activated the necessary support services” to assist those involved in the incident, and that a UCT senior investigator was assigned to immediately investigate “all the aspects of the case”.

“We are aware that allegations are being levelled against a particular individual who allegedly was involved in the sexual assault of a female student. The accused in the case must be treated according to fair and appropriate legal process. It is for the justice system, not social media, to find the person guilty or innocent, after due process.”