Child rapes in Western Cape a serious concern

2013-11-05 23:24

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Johannesburg - The number of rape cases involving children in the Western Cape is a serious concern, police said on Tuesday.

The rapes of a 9-month-old baby, and 2-year-old and 8-year-old girls were cause for concern and deserving of hatred and contempt, police spokesperson Frederick van Wyk said.

"There can be no justification for the destroying of innocent and unsuspecting souls like these children's future," he said.

Van Wyk said on Thursday that a woman at a day-care in Dennegeur, Franschhoek, noticed blood stains on the 9-month-old baby's nappy while changing her. The baby was taken to the clinic where doctors confirmed she had been raped.

Two men, aged 24 and 45, were arrested and charged with rape. They appeared briefly in the Franschhoek Magistrate's Court on Monday.

The matter was postponed to 11 November for a formal bail application. The men would remain in police custody.

Two weeks ago, two girls aged 2 and 8, from Knysna, were raped.

A doctor discovered burn wounds on the 2year-old girl's genitals after her mother took her to hospital after suspecting something had happened to her, Van Wyk said.

"A case of rape was opened for investigation. The circumstances surrounding the incident are still unknown and nobody has been arrested yet," Van Wyk said.

A 33-year-old man was arrested in connection with the rape of the 8-year-old girl.

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