Body of raped woman discovered on Macassar beach, suspect tracked down

South African Police Service

Body of raped woman discovered on Macassar beach, suspect tracked down
Body of raped woman discovered on Macassar beach, suspect tracked down

Meticulous, evidence based investigation through the analyses of forensic evidence proved to be successful with the arrest of a 41-year-old man in connection with the body of a woman that was discovered on Macassar beach on 27 May 2023, at about 07:30 by fisherman who alerted police.

Initially police opened an inquest docket for investigation, however, an autopsy that was conducted on the body later revealed that the victim was raped and eventually killed and dumped on the beach.

Through the presentation of adequate evidence, the investigation team obtained a warrant for the arrest of the suspect at the Bellville magistrates’ court.

Armed with this warrant of arrest the investigation team pounced on the residence of the 41-year-old suspect where he was arrested on 12 June 2023.

The suspect is due to appear in the Somerset West Magistrates’ court on a charge of murder on Thursday, 15 June 2023.

The Acting Provincial commissioner of the Western Cape, Maj Gen Bongani Maqashalala has praised the investigation team for the meticulous investigative work done which is in line with the principles of the CEPPAT-Strategy of the Province. “This breakthrough will also bring some sort of comfort and closure to the bereaved family and loved ones of the deceased”, he concluded. Maj Gen Maqashalala has reiterated that increased high density patrols will be maintained in the Macassar policing precinct where a total of four bodies were recently discovered. Specialised detectives from the provincial detectives had been assigned to assist the local detective branch to probe the occurrences.

SAPS Newsroom

SOURCESouth African Police Service