Raped girl who was burnt still critical

2014-01-22 14:46
People protest at the Bellville Magistrate's Court after the appeareance of a man accused of raping and burning a 9-year-old girl. (Nardus Engelbrecht, Sapa)

People protest at the Bellville Magistrate's Court after the appeareance of a man accused of raping and burning a 9-year-old girl. (Nardus Engelbrecht, Sapa)

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Johannesburg - The 9-year-old girl who was set on fire after being raped in Delft, Cape Town over the weekend is still in a critical condition, the Red Cross Children's Hospital said on Wednesday.

"The child is still in a critical but stable condition in the intensive care unit, but the medical team are satisfied with her progress at the moment," hospital spokesperson Angelique Jordaan said in a statement.

The girl was found alive by relatives on Sunday after a 27-year-old man allegedly raped her then set her alight in bushes along the R300 highway.

He appeared in the Bellville Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

The matter was postponed to 28 January for "bail information", prosecutor Sarah Dowries said at the time.

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

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

"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," Plato said.

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