A suspect is expected to appear in the Mount Ayliff Magistrate’s Court in the Eastern Cape on Monday in connection with the brutal rape and mutilation of a 15-year-old girl in Cabazana village, according to police.
The girl was dragged into a forested area, raped and her eyes gouged out a week ago.
The 23-year-old suspect is due to face charges of rape and assault with the intent to cause critical bodily harm.
Provincial police Commissioner, Nomthetheleli Mene says, “I welcome the arrest of the 23-year-old suspect who is implicated in the rape and torture of the young girl. This arrest must be seen as one of the relentless efforts by SAPS to root out incidents of gender-based violence in our province.”
Meanwhile, the case of 24-year-old, Itumeleng Machabe who is accused of raping and killing an 11-year-old Kimberley girl Relebogile Segami will resume in Galeshewe Magistrate’s Court in Limpopo on Monday.
Her body was found in the bushes behind the Northern Cape Legislature building a day after she was reported missing in March.
According to the victim’s family, the 11-year-old was raped and choked to death.
The brutal murder of Relebogile Segami shocked the Galeshewe community. Some parents said they feared for the safety of their children.
In the previous two court appearances the community marched to court threatening to take the law into their own hands should the accused be released on bail.
The 24-year-old suspect is facing rape and murder charges.
VIDEO: Funeral of 11-year-old Relebogile Segame:
Additional reporting by Katleho Morapela.