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SAPS arrest notorious ‘WhatsApp pervert’ – as disgusting habits revealed

Eww. The gross acts perpetrated by this ‘WhatsApp pervert’ based in Gqeberha could land him with a two-year prison sentence.

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SAPS confirmed this weekend that a man in his thirties was finally placed under arrest, some eight years after he started using a popular social media platform to target and terrorise women. The so-called ‘WhatsApp pervert’ – located in Gqeberha, Eastern Cape – was apprehended a few days ago.

WhatsApp pervert tracked down by SAPS

The 36-year-old, who has not yet been named by the authorities, will be processed in court on Monday. It’s likely he will plead guilty to a string of offences, dating back to 2013. Several key details about the case have been made public:

  • The suspect is infamous for making sexually explicit phone calls to complete strangers
  • He would target real estate workers and staff at car dealerships, whose numbers were made publicly available.
  • Insisting on video calls via WhatsApp, victims would open their phones to find him masturbating.
  • Some of the calls were answered by children of the intended targets, but the sex act would still take place.
  • After being arrested on Thursday, the WhatsApp pervert admitted to various sexual offences.

More victims asked to share information with police

The suspect is likely to be charged for offences relating to indecent exposure. That can come with a maximum penalty of up to two years in prison, and a R4 000 fine. In a statement issued on Saturday, SAPS hailed its PECI department for cracking the case – just three months after taking it on.

Any other victims of the ‘WhatsApp pervert’ have also been asked to come forward:

“The Provincial Serial & Electronic Crime Investigation Unit cracked the case and arrested a 36-year-old Gqeberha man at a house in Walmer. We urge any other females who may have encountered the same experience and have not reported the matter to contact Huligonda Smuts on 082 3198707, or CrimeStop on 08600 10111.”

SAPS statement