A man suspected to have raped a nine-year-old girl in Tafelsig, Mitchells Plain, was beaten to within an inch of his life by residents on Friday evening.
Mitchells Plain Impact Association (MPIA) chairperson Joanie Fredericks said the attack happened after the victim’s grandparent reported the rape last Thursday.
“I was alerted to the rape by the victim’s grandmother. She shared with me that she went to the police station the day before the mob justice incident and got a case number.
“The grandmother told me police wanted to effect the arrest over the weekend and when this news reached the community, they were infuriated, which sparked the attack on the man,” Fredericks explained.
Despite being provided with a case number, police spokesperson FC van Wyk said: “We are still trying to get information regarding this matter and once it is shared with us, we can provide information.”