Atlantis child rape case postponed

A man, aged 24, appeared in court today for allegedly raping a 12-year-old boy in Atlantis.

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CAPE TOWN - A 24-year-old man accused of raping a 12-year-old boy in Atlantis made a brief appearance in court today.

Magistrate Phumla Ntobe postponed the matter to next week for a bail application.

Prosecutor Eugene van Rooi told the court that the State would oppose bail.

The families of the child and the accused attended court proceedings.

The victim's family was visibly emotional as they left the courtroom. The boy's mother cried silently as she leaned on her husband.

Meanwhile, Atlantis residents are demanding the municipality uproots overgrown vegetation in Robinvale where the boy was raped.

#AtlantisRape Residents say this field is the perfect breeding ground for criminals, especially sexual predators. MM

The large field in Robinvale is overgrown with bush and littered with rubbish.

Residents say it is the perfect breeding ground for crime.

A woman who lives opposite the field, together with her father, helped the boy after they saw him running down the street last Saturday.

Residents are petitioning for the area to be completely cleaned.