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Probe launched following alleged rape of girl (4) at Strand crèche

It’s understood the child was sexually assaulted last month, but the allegations only recently surfaced.

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CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Social Development Department has launched an investigation into the rape of a little girl at a Strand crèche.

It's understood a four-year-old was sexually assaulted at the daycare centre last month, but the allegations only recently surfaced and was reported to authorities.

Social Development MEC Albert Fritz says, "I've instructed my office to vividly institute an investigation into the alleged rape at the Early Childhood Development Centre. When we get more information about what exactly happened, with medical reports, we'll then report back with all the details."

23 RAPES

At the same time, police have arrested a man in Cape Town in connection with 23 rape incidents.

The South African Police Service (SAPS) say the crimes were committed in Delft and Khayelitsha over an extended period.

Police arrested the 33-year-old suspected serial rapist in the Epping Industrial area yesterday.

His arrest follows an extensive five-year investigation by the Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences provincial task team.

Seven victims, between the ages of 18 and 28, have been tracked down so far.

The crimes were committed over a number of years.

The man is expected to appear in the Bellville Magistrates Court today.

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