«Gym» rapist released on bail. Victims fear new sexual attack

A single mom living in Cape Town is in fear for children and herself as a former co-worker who raped her has been granted bail.

Stanley Hart, 45, from Mandalay has been stalking his victim for several months — since the time he worked as a sales manager at Zone Fitness at the Watergate Mall in Mitchells Plain. The 36-year-old woman, a former Hart’s employee, said that after her dismissal the man tried to flirt with her by texting.

“He started messaging me, he wanted to get to know me in a personal capacity. I lost contact with him until he messaged me in November,” she claimed.

The woman tried to block the annoying admirer on social media, however, he later appeared at her door:

“He choked me by my neck, I told him he’s hurting me. He dragged me to my room and threw me on my bed and that’s where he raped me,” she said, crying. After the incident, the Hart assured the woman in a threatening manner that he will return for a second time.

Police confirmed that a rape case has been opened and Hart appeared in the court. However, later he was released on bail and nothing can stop the perpetrator from committing another crime.

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