'Release him. We know what to do with him outside'

2017-08-03 15:29
A placard placed outside the Bishop Lavis Magistrate's Court where a man accused of raping the 6-year-old daughter of his tenant appeared on Thursday. (Tammy Petersen, News24)

A placard placed outside the Bishop Lavis Magistrate's Court where a man accused of raping the 6-year-old daughter of his tenant appeared on Thursday. (Tammy Petersen, News24)

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Cape Town - "Release him. We know what to do with him outside."

This was one of the comments made as a 53-year-old man left the dock of the Bishop Lavis Magistrate's Court on Thursday after appearing for the rape of his tenant's daughter.

The accused, dressed in a black winter jacket with his grey hair neatly combed, made a bail application, which will be heard at his next court appearance on August 28.

He allegedly raped the 6-year-old girl in his Bonteheuwel house, about 15km from the CBD, and gave her R5. The child and her mother were living in his back yard dwelling.

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He made his first appearance in the dock on Monday after being arrested on Friday.

The child's mother reported her landlord to the police after she found her daughter and the suspect in the bathroom of his house after she took too long to return from running an errand.

A number of angry locals attended proceedings.

One placard placed at the court's entrance read, "Please grant bail!! Community is waiting #Justice".

Ward councillor Angus McKenzie, who was also present in court, said he hoped the "cretin" wouldn't return to the area.

On Wednesday, the Western Cape Social Development MEC Albert Fritz said the child was receiving counselling following her ordeal. 

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