Ceres residents want justice
A four-month-old girl and a seven-year-old boy were sexually assaulted on a farm in the area.
CAPE TOWN - Several Ceres residents say they desperately want police to make a breakthrough in the rape case involving two children at the weekend.
A four-month-old baby girl and a seven-year-old boy were sexually assaulted on a farm in the area.
It's understood the suspect entered their tiny Wendy house on Vredebes Farm. He woke the boy up after he snatched the four-month-old baby girl who was asleep nearby.
But when the boy tried to alert his family, the suspect apparently strangled him. He then took the children to a nearby vineyard where he raped them and fled.
Carrying the baby in his arms the seven-year-old walked back to his home and told relatives about what happened.
The girl remains at the Red Cross Children's Hospital where she has already undergone two constructive surgeries.
One resident, Louise Lucas, said like many other mothers in the area, she fears for the safety of her children.
"It's terrible, it's inhumane and I think that the culprit must be arrested because I am afraid of what can happen."
A man was taken in for questioning in connection with the incident on Monday, but was released on Tuesday night after being interrogated for 24 hours.
The police's Andre Traut said authorities are still searching for at least one more man who they want to question in connection with the assault.
"We'll continue our search for the suspect and we're making an appeal to the public to assist us. They can call Crime Stop on 080 600 1011."
Meanwhile, the mother of the seven-year-old boy told Eyewitness News she is heartbroken.
She said her son has had nightmares following the incident and added that the boy hasn't been speaking much.
She said she does not know how her son will recover from the ordeal.