Police said allegations of attempted rape of a second victim are also under investigation against the same man who appeared in the Piketberg Magistrate’s Court today.
According to community leader Billy Claasen, the accused was a convicted criminal who served a sentence for raping a 10-year-old and was released on parole. Claassen said: “Last week, the 14-year-old was allegedly raped. We applaud the Family, Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences (FCS) unit in Piketberg for the swift arrest of the suspect.
“The victim fought back and bit the alleged rapist in the neck. I’ve met with the victim and her family and she is not doing well at all. She is receiving counselling.”
He added that residents were outraged and attended today’s court proceedings in great numbers. Claassen said residents wanted President Cyril Ramaphosa and the Justice and Correctional Services minister to have an in-depth look into the amnesty and parole of certain inmates.
ANC whip of the Justice and Correctional Services portfolio committee and former head of Justice and Constitutional Development, Hishaam Mohamed said: “I will be asking the police, the Justice Department and the National Prosecuting Authorities for a record of those with previous convictions who were released over the past 16 months.
“Each case of a person released on parole is determined by its own merits but previous convictions must ring a bell.”
Police spokesperson FC van Wyk said a rape case was opened and investigations continue into allegations of attempted rape made against the same suspect.