Still no arrests after Ceres child-rapes

A young boy and his baby sister were raped nearly a week ago.

Western Cape children are under siege following several incidents of abuse and murder. Picture: sxc.hu

CAPE TOWN - After five days, Western Cape police are still tracking the rapist of two young children in Ceres.

The four-month-old girl and seven-year-old boy were abducted from their home on a farm in the town late on Friday night and sexually assaulted in a vineyard.

Police took a suspect in for questioning but he was later released.

The girl has since undergone two reconstructive surgeries at the Red Cross Children's Hospital while the boy is recovering at home.

This incident is one of several violent acts perpetrated against children in the Western Cape in recent weeks and have caused an outcry throughout the country.

As anger simmers over this case, it emerged earlier that a vagrant found the body of a newborn baby in a dustbin in Rondebosch on Wednesday.

A police investigation is underway.

Meanwhile, there is still no clarity on the circumstances surrounding the death of three-year-old Olivia van Voeght of Lotus River.

Her body was found in a vlei close to her home last week, a day after she disappeared.

Her parents are in custody on charges of child neglect.

In Zeekoevlei, the family of eight year old Kiana Williams continues to wait for DNA tests that will determine whether a decomposed body found under a pile of rubble at a half built house in the area two weeks ago is hers.

Kiana disappeared while playing with friends outside her home in June.

The Community Safety Department has urged parents to keep an eye on their children at all times.

Government has initiated several campaigns which are aimed at curbing violence against women and children but the scourge continues.

Government has since called on men to be active in the fight against abuse.