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By Penwell Dlamini | Jan 12, 2010 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

AN ALLEGED rapist, who has been on the run since he failed to appear in court last month, is back behind bars.

AN ALLEGED rapist, who has been on the run since he failed to appear in court last month, is back behind bars.

Lucky Vusimuzi Khumalo, 31, of Thembisa was rearrested on Sunday afternoon after a friend of his tipped off the police.

The mothers of the two girls Khumalo allegedly raped yesterday said they were relieved he had been caught.

"It's a relief now that this man is behind bars," said Tumi Setlolo (not her real name), one of the mothers.

"We lived in fear not knowing what Khumalo's next move would be," she said.

"I thank Sowetan for helping the police get Khumalo behind bars," she said, adding that the publication of his photographs had helped.

Police spokesperson Constable Tebogo Sesing said Khumalo went to a local shop in Thembisa where he met his old friend.

"After seeing him, his friend called the police and Khumalo was arrested," Sesing said.

Khumalo appeared in the Thembisa magistrate's court yesterday sporting a new hairstyle and his case was postponed to next Tuesday because the docket was not available.

Over two weeks in December Sowetan published a series stories about the rape charges Khumalo was facing and how the justice system had let down his alleged victims by granting him bail twice.

His reign of terror allegedly began in December 2007 when he terrorised Thembisa residents, raping two girls aged five and six in separate incidents. He took them to a railway line where he raped them.

He was arrested and granted bail of R3000 in the Thembisa magistrate's court.

Last September, while on bail, Khumalo allegedly raped two more girls aged three and five. He was arrested and again granted bail of R2000 in the same court after his lawyer convinced the court that he was not a flight risk.

He was supposed to appear in court last month and when he did not show up, a warrant for his arrest was issued.


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