An alleged serial rapist accused of molesting schoolgirls while on their way to school has appeared at the Francistown magistrates’ court facing three charges of rape.
28-year-old Thatayaone Wabuya Nka, who hails from Sebina village was arrested late last week after a police manhunt following a series of rape incidents in Francistown.
It is suspected that the accused person had been targeting schoolgirls and offered them a lift to school before having sexual intercourse with them without their consent.
According to the police, Nka had been doing this since last year.
During his appearance before Francistown principal magistrate Thebeetsile Christian Mulalu last Thursday, Nka refused to plead to the three rape charges levelled against him, arguing that he made a confession to the police.
According to court papers, Nka allegedly had sexual intercourse with a schoolgirl on the 11th of February 2015 near Gerald Farms in Francistown without her consent after she was offered a lift to school in the morning.
Using the same strategy, Nka allegedly raped two girls on the 25th of February 2015 and on the 3rd of March 2015 respectively.
According to the police, the accused person would drive the vehicle into the bush with the unsuspecting schoolgirl on board before committing the offence.
With a child lock having been installed, police said it was difficult for the girls to escape.
On the third count, the court heard that he allegedly drove all the way to Japane settlement near Jamataka village where he sexually abused another schoolgirl.
Thapelo Mafishane, prosecuting the matter pleaded with the court to remanded Nka in custody as police investigations are still ongoing to establish their case against him.
To make the application strong, the prosecution called the investigating officer Sarah Mthetho into the dock to explain to the court why the accused person should not be granted bail.
Mthetho shared Mafishane’s sentiments saying police are yet to record statements from other suspected rape victims.
The court also learnt that the accused person has another pending rape case in Francistown.
Asked to speak, he could not confirm or deny the allegations against him.
He told the court that he made a confession at the police station.
Nka, a Blasting Assistant at Moolmans Mining (Pty) Ltd, revealed that two of the victims have forgiven him.
In relation to the other offence, he said he is consulting with their parents with the intention of hatching an out of court settlement.
The case continues.