Delft rape case postponed

The Delft man who allegedly raped a nine-year-old girl will return to court in March.

The scene where a nine-year-old Delft girl was raped, set alight and left for dead. Picture: Carmel Loggenberg/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - A man accused of raping and then setting a nine-year-old Delft girl on fire has abandoned his bail application.

The 27-year-old appeared in the Bellville Magistrates Court on Tuesday morning.

The suspect was arrested soon after the attack earlier this month.

The case has been postponed to 27 March for further investigation.

The accused has also abandoned his bail application and now will be held in solitary confinement as it's believed he is being threatened by fellow inmates.

Meanwhile, protesters made their presence felt outside the courthouse.

Demonstrators brandished banners reading, "There is no excuse for abuse."

The victim was found by residents the following day after she was raped, set alight and left for dead near the R300.

Members of the community caught the suspect and handed him over to the police.

They have urged the courts to ensure that justice is done.

The child is still receiving treatment at the Red Cross Children's Hospital.