Suspects use fake Facebook profile to lure women, rape and kill them

Police on Saturday arrested two suspects in connection with the rape and murder of three women.

The suspects, a 28-year-old man and his 21-year-old girlfriend, are believed to have used a fake Facebook profile to lure the women to the small town of Qumbu in Eastern Cape, South Africa, police spokesperson Mzukisi Fatyela said in a statement.

The statement read in part: “In an intelligence driven operation conducted by SAPS Provincial Organised Crime members assisted by Mthatha Crime Intelligence and a Provincial Hawks team members, two suspects were arrested between 16:00 on Friday, 3 November and 07:00 on Saturday, 4 November 2017.

“The suspects, a 28-year-old male and his 21-year-old girlfriend were arrested at Ncameni location and Ngcothi location respectively.

“It is alleged that the suspect invited women on Facebook posting a fake profile and picture. He will then arrange to meet his victims in Qumbu sending them transport money via money market from two major retail outlets. Once the victim arrives in Qumbu he will make an excuse that he is busy and that he will send someone else to fetch her. However, the suspect himself will pitch up pretending to be the other person and will thereafter lure his victims to Ngcalukeni fields where he will rape and sometimes killed the women.

“It is alleged that the women were strangled with fishing rope and stripped off their clothing. Seven cases (3 x murder and 4 x rape) were opened at SAPS Qumbu. The victims were from Alice, Duncan Village, Mthatha, Tabankulu and Mount Fletcher.

“During the operation, the team recovered cell phones belonging to the victims as well as SIM cards, bags, and clothing from the suspect’s and his girlfriend’s house. An estimated value of the recovered items is R50 000.  Both suspects will appear in the Mthatha Magistrates’ Court on Monday, 6 November 2017.

“The male suspect will appear on charges of murder and rape while his girlfriend will face charges of possession of suspected stolen property.”

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