Rape victim undergoes fourth operation

The four-month-old girl remains in a stable condition after being sexually assaulted.

The four-month-old girl remains in a stable condition after being sexually assaulted. Picture: Giovanna Gerbi/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Red Cross Children's Hospital says a four-month-old baby girl who was raped in Ceres has undergone a fourth operation.

She remains in a stable condition in hospital. The infant and a seven-year-old boy were sexually assaulted on a farm in the area a week ago.

Police say nobody has been arrested in connection with the incident. Police have since released an identikit of a possible suspect.

The Red Cross's Lauren O'Connor-May says, "The four-month-old baby girl was in theatre again yesterday. Doctors say she will undergo several surgeries."

It is understood the suspect entered their Wendy house on Vredebes Farm where he woke the boy up after he snatched the baby girl who was asleep nearby.

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.

After the ordeal, the boy carried the child back to his home and told relatives about what happened.

Meanwhile, the Justice Ministry has reintroduction the sexual offences courts.

Last week, Justice Minister Jeff Radebe announced the reintroduction of the courts specialising in sexual offences.

At least 22 courts will be established before the end of the year and 57 others within the next three years.

It is hoped that they will help fight the rape scourge. According to statistics, a person is raped every four minutes in South Africa.