Scores protest over C Town brutal rape case

2014-01-28 11:07

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Cape Town - Scores of young women protested outside the Bellville Magistrate's Court on Tuesday ahead of a bail application of a man charged with raping a 9-year-old girl.

The 27-year-old man allegedly raped her, then set her alight in bushes along the R300 highway in Delft, Cape Town, a week ago.

The man faced charges of rape, sexual assault, abduction and attempted murder, and the State would oppose bail.

The National Prosecuting Authority said the man could not be identified as he had not yet pleaded.

Around 100 people, mostly women, sang and danced outside the court, blocking one lane of Landros street.

They chanted "no bail" and carried posters stating: "We refuse to be silent about sexual violence" and "having sex with a child is a crime".

A group of police kept an eye on the peaceful protest.

The crowd later packed the benches of courtroom G for the bail application.

Last week, the Red Cross Children's Hospital said the girl was still in a critical but stable condition.

At the accused's last court appearance, the girl's grandmother told reporters that her granddaughter had been on her way to her father's house when she was dragged into vegetation near the N2 and raped.

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