An alleged child rapist, 27, was severely beaten in Thembalethu, George, on September 11 after a 10-year-old girl identified him as her attacker, George Herald reports.
The girl was allegedly raped in her house in Zone 6 last Friday evening, September 9, while a 14-year-old boy, a friend of hers, was forced to watch.
According to Southern Cape police spokesperson Captain Malcolm Pojie, the girl stayed with neighbours while her mother was at work.
“At about 7pm the girl and a friend quickly went to her home to switch on the lights. Just as they were leaving, they were confronted by an unknown man. The man pushed them back into the house and threatened them with a firearm.
He forced the children to the bedroom, where he raped the little girl twice, Pojie said. The girl was also assaulted after her attacker demanded money that she did not have. He then fled the scene.
The police were called out, and the victim was taken to the hospital.
On Sunday the girl and her friend were walking to the shop when they spotted the suspect and ran back home to tell her father, who went in search of the man. The suspect, who has been positively identified by both children, was tracked down in Zone 7, and was given a sound beating by angry residents.
Pojie said he was still in hospital under police surveillance. “He will be transferred to the George Prison when he is discharged.”
“The suspect yesterday appeared in court in absentia on two charges of rape, one of assault and another charge under the Sexual Offences Act and was remanded in custody.”
– Caxton News Service