Delft crime scene draws crowd

Curious residents are gathering at the spot where a nine-year-old was allegedly raped and set alight.

Curious residents are gathering at the spot where a nine-year-old was allegedly raped and set alight.

CAPE TOWN - The Delft area where a nine-year-old girl is believed have been raped, set alight and then left for dead is starting to a draw a crowd.

The attack took place at the weekend.

The young survivor is currently being treated at a Cape Town hospital.

The reported crime scene is situated just over one kilometre from the girl's home.

The area surrounding the bush beside the R300 seems to be a dumping ground for anything from old car parts to discarded clothing.

A piece of charred cloth, believed to have been used to tie up the child, can still be seen on the blackened ground.

Police have not yet cordoned off the spot, resulting in community members walking across the area.

Meanwhile, the case against a Delft father accused of killing his 18-month-old son by burying him alive has been postponed.

The 33-year-old appeared briefly in the Bellville Magistrates Court on Monday morning.

He was arrested after police found Zondre Park's body in shallow grave in his father's shack nearly two weeks ago.

Wearing a blue shirt and jeans, Zolani Malanga looked calm as he stepped into the dock in courtroom G.

The accused made little eye contact throughout proceedings.

His lawyer told the court her client would like to apply for bail.

But the state indicated it will oppose the application due to the seriousness of the crime.

Malanga allegedly placed a pillow over his son's head on 9 January before covering him with sand.

The matter is due to resume next Monday.

Mhlangu grinned as he left the courtroom.