The Police said on Friday that a man believed to be  KwaZulu-Natal’s most wanted serial rapist has been arrested.

The 34-year-old man appeared in the KwaMsane Magistrate’s Court on friday but his case was postponed to October 25, Captain Nqobile Gwala said.

He was arrested with the help of DNA evidence. He is allegedly linked to 13 criminal cases committed in Umkhanyakude, Uthungulu and Zululand between 2012 and 2016.

In a different incident, an alleged rapist was arrested at the KwaDukuza taxi rank on Wednesday.

Local residents apprehended and assaulted the 34-year-old man who was wanted in connection with six rape cases reported in Ntshawini, Tete, Tinley Manor, and Umhlali this year.

Police took him to hospital and he is under police guard.

“His modus operandi was to promise the victims jobs and lure them to a secluded area, where he would threaten them with a knife and a firearm before raping them,” Gwala said.

KwaZulu-Natal police commissioner, Major-General Bheki Langa, said that they appreciate the public’s help in catching suspected criminals, but they should not take law into their hands

“We strongly condemn the acts of vigilantism. If the culprit is apprehended, the police must be contacted. We appeal to other people who had been victims of the same incidents and who have not reported to the police, to come forward. he added.

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