Plato calls for justice for 'Queen'

Elihle Hlanjwa was sexually assaulted, set alight and left for dead in January.

Elihle Hlanjwa was sexually assaulted, set alight and left for dead in January. Picture: Mia Spies/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Community Safety MEC Dan Plato says the withdrawal of charges against a man accused of raping and setting alight a nine-year-old Delft girl is concerning.

Elihle Hlanjwa was sexually assaulted, set alight and left for dead in January but survived the brutal attack.

Her burnt body was found along the R300 Freeway.

Hlanjwa succumbed to her injuries in March but not before apparently naming her attacker.

The 27-year-old suspect was however released on Wednesday due to insufficient evidence.

The National Prosecuting Authority said the matter has since been referred back to police.

Plato says he hopes further investigations will result in justice for Hlanjwa, affectionately known as 'Queen'.

"Looking at what happened to the young girl and the horrific nature in which she was killed; one would have wanted police to collect all the necessary information."