Girl raped, throat slit - man in court
Johannesburg - A Katlehong man accused of raping a seven-year-old girl and slitting her throat appeared in the Alberton Magistrate's Court on Wednesday, police said.
The man, who may not be named until he has pleaded, would remain in police custody until his formal bail hearing on February 27, said Captain Pinky Tsinyane.
He is accused of breaking into his ex-girlfriend's shack in a squatter camp in Palm Ridge, Eden Park, on November 20.
She was not there, but he found her two children asleep and allegedly raped the girl and slit her throat with a broken mirror. She survived, but had to undergo an operation.
He was arrested at his shack on Wednesday morning.
The girl's 28-year-old mother, who may not be named to protect the child's identity, has criticised the Eden Park police for taking so long to arrest him.
She claimed that she had to track him down herself so the police could finally arrest him. She also said the police had yet to fetch the broken mirror from her house.
"There was evidence at the scene I think police could have used, but they never came and now I have moved from that place."
She claimed that the man threatened to kill her if she reported the matter to the police.
"What if he had killed me and my children like he had promised to? This happened in November... it's now February. Why were they not arresting him?" she asked.
Both of her children were being cared for by social workers until she could find a safe place to live.
"The suspect was hopping from one place to another, running away from the police," Tsinyane said.
The arrest took place following a report by Health-E News, which was published in the Star newspaper on Tuesday.