ALEXANDRA – Case of security guard who allegedly raped and murdered a toddler likely to be referred to the South Gauteng High Court due to its seriousness.
The case of a man who raped and murdered a toddler was postponed on 8 February in the Alexandra Magistrates’ Court to 23 March, pending further investigations and possible referral to the South Gauteng High Court due to its seriousness.
The 35-year-old accused was appearing for the third time and did not apply for bail. During the accused’s previous appearances, protesters called for harsher sentences to be imposed on child rapists and for them to be named and shamed.
Angry protesters stood outside court and carried placards, while others shouted that rapists must rot in jail. Some of the placards read, ‘You hurt a child, you hurt a nation’, ‘Our children are our future. Stop killing them’, ‘What kind of men abuse their children?’ and ‘Tougher and stiffer sentences for rapists’.
Seipati Mogorosi, of Agisanang Domestic Abuse Prevention and Training, said there would be more protests at every hearing. “Also, it’s worrying that, seemingly, a new trend is developing of older men abusing and raping younger children.”