Child rapes haunt the Cape

WC police are investigating the rapes of a nine-month-old infant and a two-year-old girl.

WC cops are investigating the rapes of a nine-month-old infant and a two-year-old girl. Picture:

In the first incident, a nine-month-old baby girl was raped in Franschhoek.

Two people were arrested and appeared in the Franschhoek Magistrates Court on Monday.

The men were arrested after the baby's mother reported the incident at the local police station on Thursday last week.

The baby has since gone for a medical examination, which confirmed the assault.

The police's Fredrick van Wyk says, "When the daycare mother wanted to change the baby, she discovered blood stains on the nappy."

At the same time, Southern Cape police are on the hunt for a suspect who is alleged to have raped a two-year-old girl in the Thembalethu township in George.

The toddler had also been mutilated.

The incident is believed to have happened two weeks ago.

Southern Cape police's Bernadine Steyn said, "A case of rape was opened for investigation. The circumstances surrounding the incident are unknown and no one has been arrested."

She says, "The victim was taken to a doctor for a medical examination. She had burn wounds on her private parts and penetration possibly occurred."

Last month two and three-year-old cousins Yonelisa and Zandile Mali were kidnapped, raped and murdered in Diepsloot, a township north of Johannesburg.

Their little bodies were later found dumped in a communal toilet cubicle in the area.

While five men were initially arrested for the crime, four people were released after the state failed to find any DNA evidence linking them to the incident.