Ceres rape: Community outraged

The 25-year-old farm worker will appear in court again next Friday.

Outraged resident Shaun Moses outside the Ceres Magistrate’s Court on 16 August 2013 where a 25-year-old man appeared in connection with the rape of two children. Picture: Renee de Villiers/EWN

CAPE TOWN - A farm worker accused of raping two young children will appear in court in Ceres again next Friday.

The 25-year-old was arrested earlier this week in connection with the incident.

It's alleged he snatched a four-month-old girl and a seven-year-old boy from a wendy house on a farm in the town during the early hours of the morning last Saturday and then raped them in a nearby vineyard.

The seven-year-old managed to carry the baby back home and alert their parents.

On Friday morning, the suspect appeared in court for the first time on charges of rape and abduction.

He appeared calm while standing in the dock and made very little eye contact with anyone throughout the proceedings.

It emerged in court that he has applied for legal aid and is expected to be part of an identity parade soon.

The magistrate did indicate that he has a right to apply for bail, however the Ceres Community Policing Forum has told Eyewitness News that it plans to launch a petition against the granting of bail.

The four-month-old girl is still receiving treatment at the Red Cross Children's Hospital - she has undergone four operations already.