Rape-accused charity volunteer gets bail

2012-02-28 18:16

Cape Town - A Solidarity charity volunteer accused of raping a 12-year-old boy appeared in the Strand Magistrate's Court in Cape Town on Tuesday, the national prosecuting authority said.

Christoffel Vermeulen, 61, was granted bail of R2 000 with strict conditions, spokesperson Eric Ntabazalila said.

He said Vermeulen would have to move from Strand to Mossel Bay for the duration of the case.

He was forbidden from making contact with workers at the union's charity Helping Hand, the Ruimte aftercare centre and Afrikaanse Christelike Vrouevereniging.

Vermeulen was also not allowed to have any contact with any child, except his own, or children's organisation.

He was arrested last Monday after the child's mother laid charges against him with the police. Solidarity suspended him.

The alleged offences took place outside Gordons Bay in a caravan donated by the charity to the boy's destitute family.

The boy and his 20-year-old brother moved from Johannesburg to the Western Cape about a month ago to stay with their mother, who was unemployed at the time. The trial continues on March 29.

  • Pawel - 2012-02-28 18:41

    WTF, bail... send him to meet bubba... he can toss his salad for a few years...

  • foxiloxi - 2012-02-28 18:42


  • Stobbie - 2012-02-28 19:16

    As crazy as it sounds, they dont have any evidince that it was him. I dont thing he did it. Common the works at a charity group. I will only beleve he is guilty if they can prove it. Oterwhise away with his penis!

  • Vuks01 - 2012-02-28 19:26

    Another South African - commiting a heinous crime against children - when can we see an end to this? ? ?

  • John - 2012-02-28 20:05

    You interrupt Zuma and you get R1000 bail. Rape a 12yr kid and you get R 2000 bail. Life is cheap if you not a politician... Bail is dished out like candy in our courts. My sympathies to the boy and his family.

  • Sandy - 2012-02-28 20:14

    Story doesnt make that much sense to me. However if Oom is dodgy keep Oom off the street. Just my thought.

  • Suzanne - 2012-02-29 10:54

    Remember in the olden days when all adulterours had to wear the scarlet letter A? They should have something like that for these sick men and send them out into the streets... The mob WILL find him and do him justice!

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