Cops say the meisie was attacked last Friday while walking to school.
Community members became suspicious when they saw the suspect with the crying child.
He allegedly told them she was crying because she didn’t want to go to school, but one concerned person flagged down a cop van because the child looked traumatised.
The suspect fled, says police spokesperson Sergeant Noloyiso Rwexana.
“According to information, the seven-year old victim was approached by the suspect on Friday 11 May, at about 7.30am, while she was on her way to school in Nqilo Street, near Corner House Chilas in Extension 3,” explains Rwexana.
“He dragged her to the opposite field where he raped her. The suspect later returned with the child who was crying.
“When the community enquired from him why the child was crying, the suspect allegedly told them that she did not want to go to school.
“The one community member flagged a van down as she noted that the child’s appearance was not good, the suspect fled and the victim was taken to the police station.”
Meanwhile, Mfuleni community leaders have called for more neighbourhood watch members to be deployed, reports the Cape Argus.
Mfuleni community policing forum chairperson Bongani Tyembile said crime could be reduced if more people patrolled the area.
“At first there were many volunteers in our communities, but when they heard other members in other areas receive a stipend, they were discouraged and the numbers dropped,” he said.
“This initiative and the members have been doing a great job in our communities; they just need to be motivated again.
“All these men who target our children and women belong in jail, and I am calling on the community not to take the law into their own hands.
“If they see the suspect, they must immediately alert the police.
Police have urged anyone with information about the whereabouts of the suspect to contact the investigating officer, Tino Plaatjies, on 082 234 1725 or 082 522 1047.