Delft rape, burn victim dies

The 9-year-old girl died at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital in Cape Town on Tuesday.

The area next to the R300 where a nine-year-old Delft girl was raped, set alight and then left for dead. Picture: Carmel Loggenberg/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - A nine-year-old Delft girl who was raped and set alight has died, the Western Cape Health Department said on Tuesday.

The girl was receiving treatment at the Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital in Cape Town.

She passed away in hospital on Tuesday.

The girl was found on a pile of rocks in a bush near the R300 in January.

"The department wishes to convey our condolences to the family at this very sad time," hospital spokesperson Angelique Jordaan said.

The family says although they are saddened by her death, they are happy that she fought to live long enough to give them some details about the attack.

They say up until they heard the sad news at around 4am this morning, they were hopeful that she would survive.

Family and friends gathered at her home in Delft to prepare for the funeral.

In January, a 27-year-old man appeared in the Bellville Magistrates Court on charges of rape, sexual assault, abduction and attempted murder.

He is expected back in court on 27 March.