Premier condemns rape of toddler

2013-08-07 08:07

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Johannesburg - North West Premier Thandi Modise has condemned the alleged rape of a 3-year-old-girl in the province.

“When the scourge of sexual offences against women reaches infants, toddlers and young girls, every parent who has a child should be worried that the scourge has reached unacceptable level and proportion,” she said in a statement on Tuesday.

She said the spate of rape incidents where the perpetrator is known to the victim points to moral decay that needs urgent intervention.

Earlier in the day, police arrested a 37-year-old man for allegedly raping a three-year-old girl in Ipeleng, near Schweizer Reneke, in North West, police said.

The man, who is the girl's neighbour, took her to a nearby shack where he raped her on Monday, Captain Pelonomi Makau said.

"Police were summoned to the scene after the community allegedly assaulted the suspect. The suspect was taken to the hospital with injuries and was under police guard," Makau said.

The man was discharged and detained on Tuesday and was expected to appear in the Schweizer Reneke Magistrate's court on Thursday.

Modise called for the alleged perpetrator to be denied bail.
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