Ceres residents fear for their children

Residents say they have become extra vigilant following the rape of two children in the small town.

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

CAPE TOWN - Some Ceres residents have said they have become extra vigilant following the rape of two children in the small town.

A 25-year-old farmworker made his third appearance in the Ceres Magistrates Court on Wednesday in connection with the sexual assault a four-month-old baby girl and a seven-year-old boy.

But the accused abandoned his bail application.

It emerged in on Wednesday the suspect is a convicted sex offender.

Venice van der Merwe, who lives in the farm town, said she lives in constant fear for the safety of her children.

"Since that happened I watch my grandchild 24 hours a day."

The impact of the two rapes has set deep wounds in the small town, with most residents calling for the harshest possible punishment for the perpetrator.

Meanwhile the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said it's still waiting for DNA test results.

The seven-year-old rape survivor must also still identify the accused in an identity parade.

The case has been postponed to 9 October for further investigation.