Galeshewe rape victim improving

A seven-week-old baby that was allegedly raped by her uncle is recovering well.

The suspect accused of raping a 6-week-old baby in Galeshewe, Northern Cape is put into a police van. Picture: Supplied

CAPE TOWN - A seven-week-old baby that was allegedly raped by her uncle in Galeshewe near Kimberley is recovering well, the Northern Cape Health Department said on Thursday.

The infant had to undergo emergency surgery last week and spent a number of days in the intensive care unit.

The baby was released from the Kimberley Hospital on Wednesday.

The department's Vuyani Mhlauli says the infant has now been transferred to an undisclosed facility in Bloemfontein.

"We can safely say her condition is improving quite satisfactory."

The baby's medical costs are being covered by the state with the help of donations.

Meanwhile, her 24-year-old uncle remains in custody until his next court appearance.

The suspect allegedly snatched the baby from her bed.

The uncle is expected back in the dock in a week's time when prosecutors are likely to oppose his bail.

There has been widespread condemnation for the incidents, which took place a day after the start of 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children.