OVERVIEW: Dros rape accused to remain in custody, case postponed to November

2018-10-02 11:00

The man accused of raping a seven-year-old girl at a Pretoria franchise of the family restaurant chain Dros has appeared in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court.

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02 Oct 10:37
The accused is to remain in custody.

02 Oct 10:25
Despite a court order to photograph the accused after court, he is removed from court before the magistrate even left. The case has been postponed to November 1. The accused has still not pleaded.

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Du Plessis is now talking about the accused's injuries, saying that not all the injuries were noted or that further injuries were sustained after arrest.

Says he was injured with a broken bottle at the Dros, from one of the bystanders,.

02 Oct 10:14

02 Oct 10:13
Court back in session. The defence will not be bringing a bail application today. The State is asking that the accused hands over his cellphone for the investigation.

02 Oct 10:06

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The accused has come back into court, shielding his identity as a number of journalists take images of him as per the court order. (Alex Mitchley, News24)

02 Oct 09:58
Young activist Zulaikha Patel is outside the Pretoria Magistrate's Court to lend her support. (Canny Maphanga, News24)

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Meanwhile outside court:

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NOTE: The name of the suspect is being withheld from publication until he pleads in court.

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The court has denied that video be taken of court proceedings at this stage.

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Du Plessis says they do not want to gag the media, but says reporting on the matter does not necessitate photographs.

The State adds that the application is too late, as the pictures and name of the accused has already been widely distributed.

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Du Plessis says there is already a frenzy, and that it is clear that this matter causes racial tension, he adds that it's the courts function to uphold calm and order, preventing community from taking matters into their own hands.

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Du Plessis says taking photos of the accused in court will be detrimental to the rights of the accused and his right to a fair trail as it will paint him in a different picture as opposed to the images of him already circulating.

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Du Plessis says the court must decide between the rights of the media to report and the accused's rights to privacy and a fair trial.

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De Klerk says that if the media does abuse the images taken that contravenes the law, then the law must take its course, but that the court shouldn't deny the application on this premise.

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De Klerk says there can be no prejudice to the accused or the State. De Klerk says that there may be laws of publication, but media should still be allowed to gather information.

02 Oct 09:14
De Klerk also refers to the Van Breda judgment for media access in court proceedings.

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Attorney Willem De Klerk for Media24 is now asking the court to grant permission to shoot visuals before and after court proceedings.

02 Oct 09:13

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The accused is in court and court is in session now, we will first be dealing with the media application.

02 Oct 09:09
NOTE: The name of the suspect is being withheld from publication until he pleads in court. 

02 Oct 08:59
Tshwane Mayor Solly Msimanga is at the Pretoria Magistrate's Court.

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Political parties, civic organisations and members of society have started gathering at the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court protesting against the man who stands accused of raping a six-year-old girl at the Dros restaurant in Silverton. (Alex Mitchley, News24)

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COLUMN: Dros rape: Media must strive to minimise harm

Like everyone else Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) is appalled by the rape of a child in a restaurant. While brutally clear as an act, the issues it raises are complex and varied and touch on almost every aspect of our nation's wounds and apartheid legacy.

On top of it all, the trauma is amplified, resonated and recycled through social media.The tragic reality is that each day just over 64 children are sexually assaulted (SAPS 2017/18 figures) and these are the ones that make it to the SAPS.

In the majority of cases (approximately 60%) the perpetrators are known to the children and are within their social circle. The case of the child being raped by a stranger in a restaurant is unusual and the brazenness in which it occurred, together with it being in a middle class area and the immediacy of social media and witnesses releasing the information make it ripe for extensive news coverage.

02 Oct 08:19

Protests expected as alleged 'Dros rapist' appears in court

Mass protest action is expected in Tshwane on Tuesday as the man accused of raping of a six-year-old girl at a Pretoria franchise of the family restaurant chain Dros will appear in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court.

Civic organisations and political parties have been rallying support to protest outside of the court as the 20-year-old accused makes his second appearance since being arrested two weeks ago.

Among the groups expected to protest are nonprofit organisation #Notinmyname, the ANC Women's League, the Economic Freedom Fighters and the Democratic Alliance.

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