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SAPS hunt baby rapist

The baby and a seven-year-old boy were sexually assaulted on a farm in Ceres over the weekend.

FILE: A demonstrator at the official Launch of the 16 Days of Activism for no Vilolence Against Women and Children Campaign in Kimberley. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape police continue to hunt for the attacker of a four-month-old baby girl who was raped on a farm in Ceres at the weekend.

Western Cape Police Commissioner Arno Lamoer said the attacker took the baby out of her parent's bed.

A seven-year-old boy, who was also in the house at the time, was also sexually assaulted by the same perpetrator.

Lamoer said the suspect must be tracked down and arrested.

He said the infant remained in a stable condition at the Red Cross Children's Hospital where she has already undergone two operations.

Hospital spokesperson Lauren O'Connor-May said they were not sure how long she would be in hospital for.

Meanwhile, a 22-year-old Pretoria man accused of raping a three-year-old girl in Hammanskraal has been linked to more attacks in the area.

In the latest incident, he allegedly attacked a three-year-old girl while her mother was at work. The child's mother said she left her baby in the care of her neighbour while she was gone. The 27-year-old mother said her child complained of pain when she was bathing her.

The neighbour's grandson has since been accused of the crime. He has also been linked to the rape of a nine-year-old girl which allegedly took place last year.

While the suspect has been released on bail, he is due to appear in court on another rape charge this week.

SETTING AN EXAMPLE

Last week, a serial rapist was given five life sentences and 135 years for various crimes, ranging from rape to robbery.

Cyril Nhlanathi was convicted on a total of 31 charges and is believed to have attacked at least seven victims.

The police's Gerard Labuschagne, of the investigative psychology section, testified for the state, arguing Nhlanathi could never be rehabilitated and showed no remorse.

Nhlanathi attacked some of his victims while they were on their way to work.