State moves to deny bail – rape case

The NPA believes the alleged Ceres child rapist will be in danger should he be released on bail.

The Ceres Magistrate's Court.

CAPE TOWN - The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) believes it will be in the best interest of an alleged Ceres child rapist to be denied bail.

The 25-year-old farm worker who's accused of sexually assaulting two children including a four-month-old baby girl appeared in the Ceres Magistrate's Court on rape and abduction charges yesterday.

He indicated he intends to apply for bail.

It's understood the suspect entered the wendy house where the infant and 7-year-old boy were asleep. It's alleged he then took them to a nearby vineyard and raped them.

"As the state we will do everything we can to ensure he doesn't get bail and we will also hand over a memorandum with more than 150 signatures. It would be a risk for him as well, gauging the anger of the community."

The NPA's Eric Ntabazalila says it is happy with the investigation so far.

"The investigation is continuing, we are happy with the process so far, but there are still outstanding matters, we are still waiting for the forensic results. But we will be ready for bail on 11 September."