A serial rapist who wears a balaclava to hide his identity has so far raped four women within two months in the Okahao Constituency, Omusati Region.
The man, according to the Oluandjena villagers, also dresses in black clothes.
One of the victims, Maria Kambala, said she was attacked while coming from a friend’s house to collect a charger.
“I was coming from getting a charger from my friend’s house and the next thing I knew, I was grabbed by a masked man by the roadside. He didn’t talk, he just signaled me to lie down,” narrated Kambala, adding that it was the worst day of her life.
Her cousin, Sacky Iithete said the man targets women who walk alone at night.
At first, he would target drunken women from a nearby shebeen but now that intoxicated women seek company before leaving the drinking hole at night; he has started to attack sober ones as well.
Iithete said the women in the village now fear for their lives.
“Women are scared, for all they know he might be one of the most respected men in the village. You don’t get away with such things for long. Three women were attacked last month and Helena’s case is the fourth this month,” said Iithete.
He added that the man threatened Maria with a brick.
“It was around 21h00 and she opted to take a short-cut through the bushes where she met her attacker. He threatened her and told her to lie down on the ground before raping her.”
Helena could not be reached for comment.
Although Oluandjena villagers said four women have since fallen victim to the balaclava rapist, Warrant Officer Jacobus Manas confirmed only one case – that of 53-year old Helena David who was raped last week while coming from a cuca shop where she’d gone to buy food.
Warrant Officer Manas said the man is still at large.
“No one really knows the identity of the perpetrator but we still continue to investigate,” Manas said.
The latest case was recorded under case number CR 24/07/2012.