Police in South Africa have arrested a man who is suspected of being linked to a series of killings which have targeted gay men.

iafrica.com is reporting that a suspect has been arrested in connection to a number of murders in Gauteng and Cape Town in South Africa.

Police are investigating whether a man is connected to the murder of Siphiwe Nhlapo who was found dead in his home in Kliptown. Had been strangled and his face covered in acid. He is also being investigated to see whether he has connections to the murders of eight other gay men.

The man had evaded arrest for over a year, but on the 19th August 2013 was arrested for another crime, a hijacking in Dobsonville.

He will appear at the Protea Magistrate’s court on Monday.

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A report by the Human Rights First organisations said that the, ‘day-to-day reality for many LGBTI individuals remains grim due to the ongoing harassment, intimidation, and violence motivated by a sexual orientation or gender identity bias.

‘Openly gay men and women—as well as human rights defenders working to promote the rights of LGBTI individuals—have been targeted across the country due to their visibility.’