Andre Gregory Mohamed, a known dangerous criminal and serial rapist escaped from police cells where he was being held for identification. He escaped through an unlocked security gate. Mohamed was facing 22 charges, including rape and indecent assault. Within six days of his escape, he resumed sexual attacks on young women. Appellant was the third victim of such attacks. Appellant filed an action against the state, arguing that the South African Police Service owed her a legal duty to take reasonable steps to prevent Mohamed from escaping and causing her harm, and that they negligently failed to comply with that duty.