Man in court for raping girl, setting her alight

2014-01-21 07:23
(Nielen de Klerk, News24)

(Nielen de Klerk, News24)

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Johannesburg - A 27-year-old man accused of raping a 9-year-old girl then setting her alight will appear in the Bellville Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

He was arrested on Sunday by members of the Delft neighbourhood watch who had to protect him from angry residents demanding mob justice.

The girl, who was set her alight in bushes along the R300 highway, was found alive by relatives on Sunday.

She says that her attacker laughed and bragged that he wouldn’t be caught when he set her on fire.

The child is being treated at a Cape Town hospital.

Western Cape community safety MEC Dan Plato said members of the Delft community should be applauded for assisting police with the arrest.

"I am deeply saddened and at the same time furious that another one of our young girls has been brutally raped. However, it is welcoming news to hear that our SA Police Service has already made an arrest," Plato said.

"This situation could easily have turned into one of vigilante violence and I applaud those members of the community who kept calm in a volatile situation and ensured that justice can take its course."


- SAPA
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