Residents of Steenberg are baying for the blood of a 59-year-old man who allegedly raped his 12-year-old granddaughter last week.

Neighbours in the area went bos outside the accused’s home last Friday, burning tyres, throwing out windows and spray-painting the words “rapist” and “* ***” on his vibracrete fence.

Angry residents demanded that the alleged child rapist, who is out on bail, leave the area immediately as a primary school is located close by.

Police spokesperson, Captain FC van Wyk, confirmed a case of sexual assault is being investigated.

He said the accused appeared in the Wynberg Magistrates’ Court on Friday.

“This office can confirm that it is investigating a case of sexual assault. The suspect was arrested and appeared before court on Friday 10 November, and the case has been remanded to 23 January 2018 for further investigation,” said Van Wyk.

“The suspect is the grandfather of the victim and he is 59 years old. He is out on bail.

“The victim is a 12-year-old girl. It is also true that community members were protesting in front of the accused’s residence demanding him to move out of the area and the matter was attended to by Steenberg Visible Policing.”

A resident who lives at the home of the accused denied the grandfather raped the young girl.

She said the accused was working on a ship when the alleged attack took place.

“How could he have raped her if he just got back from sea? These people here [neighbours] have the wrong story. We will get all the evidence and bring the real story to light,” the woman said.

Lucinda Evans, chairperson of the Mitchells Plain Cluster CPF, says they are encouraging communities to report incidents of abuse as a matter of urgency.

“We take these things very seriously and we want the community to raise the alarm. We have a scourge of children being sexually abused and the incidents are not being reported,” she said.

“The community at this stage is also worried that their children are at risk. We have a zero tolerance to this behaviour and cannot have people hurting children to live among us.”

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