Spike in child rape cases

The Premier urged police to do all in their power to find the man who raped and stabbed an 11-year-old girl.

Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane says police must do everything they can to find the man who raped an 11-year-old girl in Soweto. Picture:EWN

JOHANNESBURG/CAPE TOWN - Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane has urged police to do everything in their power to find the man who raped and stabbed an 11-year-old Soweto girl and left her for dead.

The young girl, who is on school holidays, was asleep in her Braamfischerville home on Wednesday morning when she was attacked.

The man allegedly broke into the Soweto home at 6am when the young girl's parents had left for work.

He was apparently looking to steal cash and other items.

The attacker raped and stabbed the girl three times in the abdomen in front of her four-year-old brother.

The girl was able to drag herself to call neighbours for help.

On Thursday, she was moved from ICU to the casualty ward at the Charlotte Maxeke Hospital where she's recovering.

Her mother says it's been difficult for the whole family.

"This isn't okay for any mother. I don't wish this to happen to anyone."

She however says they believe the police will help them track down the perpetrator.

The police's Kay Makhubela said authorities don't know the motive for the incident, but are appealing for those with information to come forward.

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Meanwhile, a Southern Cape man accused of sexually assaulting two young girls appeared in the George Magistrate's court on Friday morning.

The 36-year-old, who was recently released from prison was arrested shortly after the incident on Monday.

It is believed he lured the girls, aged 11 and 14, away from their homes to a bush in an industrial area where he allegedly raped them.

One of the girls had to be hospitalised after she sustained serious injuries during the ordeal.

The police's Malcolm Pojie says the girls are still receiving trauma counselling.

Minister of Western Cape social development Albert Fritz says both government and local communities are very angry about the incident.

"School holidays is a time when perpetrators come out. We want to again urge our communities to take extra caution in the safety of our young people."

According to statistics, a person is raped in South Africa every four minutes.