Police said the toddler was rushed to hospital after she allegedly was raped by her 27-year-old father, but she did not survive.
What is the world coming to? A toddler died after she was allegedly raped by her 27-year-old father in Port St Johns.
According to police spokesperson Brigadier Tembinkosi Kinana on Thursday, 3 February 2022, at about 10:00, police responded to a complaint of rape in Ntsimbini A/A, Tankini Locality in Port St Johns.
“At the scene, it is said that residents had effected a citizen arrest to a 27-year-old man, who is believed to have raped his one-year-and-eight-month old daughter,” Kinana said.
He said the little girl was rushed to a nearby hospital, but unfortunately, she did not survive.
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The father was detained on a case of rape and with an additional charge of murder.
He is due to appear in the Port St Johns Magistrate’s Court on Monday, 7 February 2022, on charges of murder and rape.
The Eastern Cape Provincial Commissioner, Nomthetheleli Mene, extended her condolences to the bereaved family of the child while at the same time condemning such a ruthless act.
“Children are supposed to be protected by the ones they look up to and love, yet in this cruel society and in some cases, such as this, children are no longer safe with their own parents. We will be working closely with the prosecuting authority to ensure that this suspect is denied bail and that justice is served for this little child who was brutally robbed of her childhood and life.
“The SAPS abhors violence against women and children, and we will do everything in our power to ensure that maximum punishment is meted out to perpetrators.”Commissioner Nomthetheleli Mene
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