Ceres rape victim in 'stable condition'

The four-month-old girl has undergone five surgeries in the last few weeks.

The four-month-old girl has undergone five surgeries in the last few weeks after being sexually assaulted. Picture: Renee de Villiers/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Red Cross Children's Hospital says a four-month-old baby girl who was raped on a farm in Ceres is still recovering in hospital.

She went for a fifth operation last week.

The infant and a seven-year-old boy were sexually assaulted earlier in August.

A man has since been arrested and appeared in court in connection with the incident.

Hospital spokesperson Lauren O'Connor-May says, "She's in a stable condition. She was admitted to theatre five times since she's been in the hospital."

During the suspect's court appearance, residents urged authorities not to release the 25-year-old on bail.

They demonstrated outside the Ceres Magistrate's Court saying he did not belong in their community.

The boy is receiving trauma counselling at home.

The incident sent shock waves throughout the country with people calling for harsher sentences to deter would be rapists.

Meanwhile, the Western Cape Justice Department is on a mission to encourage domestic violence victims not to withdraw cases against their alleged abusers.

An Imbizo to discuss domestic violence was held outside George earlier.

High levels of domestic violence have been recorded in the area in recent months.

Provincial Justice Chief Hishaam Mohamad says those affected by abuse must be aware of their rights.

"We're here to inform them in simple terms how they can access and use new legislation such as the Domestic Violence Act and the petition for Marriages Act. We are here to explain exactly what the law says."