A knife-wielding rapist is wanted by police after a woman was raped near the Greenfields settlement in Augrabies.
THE MAN ATTACKED A WOMAN NEAR AUGRABIES
According to police spokesperson Captain CJ Prins, a man that fit the description of the identikit allegedly raped a woman last month.
“On Sunday, 23 January 2022 at approximately15:00, a young woman was walking alone alongside the R359 road near the Greenfields settlement in Augrabies. The unknown man approached the woman, threatened her with a knife, and robbed her of her cellphone.”
Prins said the man took the woman at knifepoint to a derelict building close to Cape Agri in Augrabies, where he raped her.
WHAT DO WE KNOW ABOUT THE MAN:
The police are requesting the assistance of the public in tracing the wanted man as per the attached identikit.
The man is described as being coloured, between the ages of 20-25 years, is of slender build and approximately 1.6 metres tall.
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He was wearing a green golf t-shirt and a blue baseball cap at the time of the incident.
DO YOU HAVE MORE INFORMATION?
Any person with information can contact the investigating officer, Sgt Shabalala on 079 697 7836 or Capt Myburgh on 060 984 3529 or via the MYSAPS APP. All information will be treated confidentially.
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WHAT SHOULD YOU DO IF YOU HAVE BEEN SEXUALLY ASSAULTED?
Your first instinct might be to wash or change your clothes. Instead, get to a safe place as soon as possible. This could be the nearest hospital, a police precinct or even a home of someone you trust.
- Call the police immediately and go to your local police precinct to report the crime. Ask for a criminal investigation to begin.
- Head to your local hospital for immediate medical care. There they will check for injury and prevent sexually transmitted infections and pregnancy.
- You will be fully examined and samples will be taken. This includes nail clippings, genital and mouth swabs, and possibly undergarments.
- It will be here where they will collect evidence. For the purposes of evidence collection, try to avoid showering, combing your hair, or changing your clothes before going to the hospital.
- A rape kit is used with a serial number on it. The rape kit is provided by the police officer involved in the case. The serial number of the rape kit is linked to your case number.
- The doctor is required to reseal all evidence as well as sealing the box. This is handed from police to doctor, and doctor to police to maintain the chain of evidence.
- The box is then handed over to the police who will assist you in obtaining what is called a J88 form. This form is a legal document that the medical doctor who examined you should complete describing all injuries noted.
- It is important now more than ever to have support, so tell someone you trust who can support and assist you. You can also visit the rape crisis program for crisis intervention or support groups. There are also a number of 24-hour hotlines that you can call at any time for assistance.
- The common assault reporting follows a similar process.
- Seek medical assistance immediately and do not change clothes, wash, or clean wounds. As with sexual assault, the doctor will make notes and diagrams of your injuries, also on a J88 form
South African Police Service
In a case of domestic violence or sexual assault, the South African Police Service will help you find medical attention, shelter and victim counselling.
The SAPS emergency number is 10111
People Opposed to Woman Abuse (Powa)
Powa provides counselling, over the phone and in person, and provide temporary shelter. They also provide legal help to women who have experienced violence.
Tel: 011 642 4345