A 23-year-old man who is believed to have been responsible for at last eight incidents of house robberies and rape in Polokwane met his match on Sunday afternoon when he was tracked down by the investigation team which has been hot on his heels for the past year.
David Mamvura, a Zimbabwean national, was arrested in a flat in the central part of Polokwane after information about his whereabouts was followed up.
The “Hammer Man”, as he is known, was first arrested more than a year ago after he allegedly broke into the house of an elderly couple in Bodenstein Street.
He threatened them with a knife and raped the 76-year-old woman and fled after taking two cell phones.
The suspect appeared in court in August 2013 but was released on bail of R2 000, besides strong opposing arguments by the investigation team as well as proof handed in to court that the suspect was in the country illegally.
Mamvura paid bail and never returned to court for his next court appearances, resulting in the hunt for him again.
He has already been linked to nine 9 cases of housebreaking and rape in the city and the possibility that even more incidents might be added, is still being investigated.
Some of the shocking cases included an incident that happened at Bayman Street during August of 2012.
He allegedly broke into the house of a couple and severely assaulted a man with a hammer before raping the wife and fleeing with two cell phones.
Another incident took place at Du Plessis Street, Eduan Park during October 2012.
The suspect broke into a garden flat at the back of a house and tied up a 22-year-old woman before raping her and fleeing with a television, laptop and two cell phones.
The young woman had to free herself before running to the main house to inform her parents that she had been raped.
Mamvura appeared in the Polokwane Magistrates’ Court today yesterday.