Cape Times staff 'shocked' after journalist arrested for allegedly raping girl

2018-09-19 15:36


Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

The staff at daily newspaper Cape Times are in shock after a journalist was arrested for the alleged rape of a seven-year-old girl.

National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesperson Eric Ntabazalila confirmed that the accused appeared in the Wynberg Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

He cannot be named until he has pleaded.

Cape Times editor Aneez Salie said the accused was immediately suspended after his arrest on Sunday.

"It's quite shocking. We are shocked to the core. By the way, we had no idea. Rape is an act of violence and he never displayed such tendencies," he told News24.

"In South Africa, every accused is innocent until proven guilty. But as a newspaper, it is our responsibility to act in the public's interest. The moment we found out, he was suspended. He will be terminated if proven guilty."

The Cape Times reported on Wednesday that the accused allegedly forcefully penetrated the child in Nyanga in 2014, according to the charge sheet.

He is expected to appear in the Wynberg Magistrate's Court again on October 1.

Read more on:    cape town  |  crime  |  rape

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.