EMS rape suspect appears in court

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Pretoria - One of the suspected rapists involved in the brutal assault of two Emergency Medical Services (EMS) officials three weeks ago appeared at the Roodepoort Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

A second suspect, who is known to the police, is on the run said the Gauteng Community Safety Department.

The arrest of the first suspect, a South African man in his thirties, was made on Friday"With the detailed information that we have on the other suspect, we are certain that he too will be behind bars much sooner that he might realise," the department said in a statement.

The arrest comes less than two weeks after President Jacob Zuma urged members of the South African Police Service to act swiftly and bring the suspects to book.

Addressing EMS officials in Roodepoort and later the victims and their families, Zuma encouraged them not to despair and to continue providing the urgent medical services that are in such dire need, especially amongst poor communities