Breakthrough in child rape case

A man is being questioned in connection with the rapes of two children in Ceres.

Old age home residents knit comfort bears for child rape victims. Picture: Giovanna Gerbi/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Police Commissioner Arno Lamoer says they have taken a suspect in for questioning following the rape of two children in Ceres.

A four-month-old baby girl and seven-year-old boy were sexually assaulted allegedly by the same perpetrator at the weekend.

The child was admitted to the Red Cross Children's Hospital on Saturday where she has already undergone surgery.

Lamoer says investigators are currently interrogating a suspect. He says the man was taken to a local police station at around midnight.

Lamoer says while they have someone in custody, they are following up all possible leads as they are determined to make a breakthrough in the case.

It is believed the man recently befriended the family and was living with them. A special team is being set up to investigate the matter.


Ceres community members say they cannot believe two children were raped in their town. Residents told Eyewitness News such crime hardly ever occurs in the small, quiet town.

The infant was apparently taken out of her parent's bed while they were asleep before being raped on Saturday.


Meanwhile, a Paarl policeman who allegedly raped a 14-year-old girl appeared in court earlier.

Warrant officer Anthony Gouws pleaded not guilty to five charges of rape of a minor.

Gouws is out on R1,500 bail.

He was arrested in July after the victim's mother alerted authorities after she saw an inappropriate message Gouws had sent her daughter.

NPA spokesperson Eric Ntabazalila says, "Mr Anthony Gouws did appear at the Paarl Magistrate Court on five charges of rape. The matter has been postponed to 29 August."