Galeshewe rape suspect appears in court

The rape case involving a six-week-old baby has been postponed to December.

The rape case involving a six-week-old baby has been postponed to December. Picture: RSC Inc.

CAPE TOWN - The case against a man accused of raping a six-week-old baby girl in Galeshewe near Kimberley has been postponed to 12 December.

The 24-year-old man, thought to be the infant's uncle, appeared briefly in the Kimberley Magistrates Court on Thursday.

The baby girl is in a critical but stable condition in hospital following Tuesday's incident.

The National Prosecuting Authority's Mashudu Malabi says they will oppose bail.

"He will appear in court on 12 December 2013. He didn't have any defence [lawyers] today."

Meanwhile, National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega on Thursday led a prayer service in Galeshewe.

"The incident is very shocking and secondly it's absolutely unusual."

It has been reported the suspect has a history of mental illness and has been involved in violent acts before.

The incident took place a day after the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign was launched by President Jacob Zuma.

Zuma called on men to protect their women and children.