The police made a breakthrough after an alleged serial rapist was arrested this week.

The serial rapist has been evading police for almost 12 years.

Police said the suspect was arrested in the Ehlobane area in the Zululand District following an intelligence driven operation by the Ugu District Task Team, Vryheid K9 Unit and Vryheid SAPS.

Captain Nqobile Gwala, police spokesperson said the 38-year-old suspect was wanted for six counts of rape and four counts of robbery that were committed at the Mehlomnyama SAPS and in Emanguzi areas.

Police said he had been on the run since 2008. “His modus operandi was to attack women and rob them of their cellphones and cash.”

The suspect was arrested on November 11 and was expected to have appeared in the Port Shepstone Magistrate’s Court.

The KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Khombinkosi Jula, welcomed the arrest of “the serial rapist who was terrorising the defenceless women”.