Delft rape suspect expected in court

The man was arrested for sexually assaulting Elihle Hlanjwa, setting her alight & leaving her for dead.

Elihle Hlanjwa who was raped, set light and left for dead. Picture: Mia Spies/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The man accused of the rape and murder of a nine-year-old Delft girl is expected in court today.

Elihle Hlanjwa was found near the R300 Freeway earlier this year; she'd been sexually assaulted, set alight and left for dead but survived the attack.

Hlanjwa survived for more than two months following the horrific attack.

She later passed on, but not before apparently naming her attacker.

Today the suspect will appear in the Bellville Magistrates Court, on charges of murder, rape and abduction.

The 27-year-old accused, who cannot be named, has since abandoned his bail application.