Family hopes for justice after child rape suspect is rearrested

Cops have rearrested a man previously released from custody, in connection with the rape of a young girl.

FILE. An 11 year-old girl holds her favourite toy, she was allegedly raped by the owner of a daycare centre. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The family of an 11-year-old girl who was raped allegedly by the owner of a daycare centre in northern Johannesburg, says they're hopeful that justice will be served now that the man is behind bars.

Earlier this week, Eyewitness News revealed the suspect was released from custody without any explanation from authorities, prompting a furious reaction from the child's family.

It's understood the attack happened last month at the suspect's home, where he apparently runs the daycare.

Following Monday's Eyewitness News exclusive, police issued a warrant of arrest for the suspect, who allegedly attacked the 11-year-old on her birthday.

He was rearrested at his home in Cresta on Tuesday night, and appeared in court yesterday.

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The young girl's mother, who won't be named to protect her daughter's identity, says although the man is behind bars her daughter has been scarred for life.

"It doesn't really bring closure because it cannot take away what he has done."

The family says they are relieved the suspect is now in police custody, as they lived in fear that he would one day return to hurt the young girl again.