52-year Old Rape Suspect narrowly escapes a 500-man mob attack

A 52-year-old South African who had allegedly raped a 7-year old narrowly escaped death after the Police rescued him from an angry mob that had gathered from the victim’s community.

The man was said to have perpetuated the offence in a bush in Tafelsig, Mitchells Plain, on Friday.

Angry residents burnt tyres and threw stones, forcing police to use rubber bullets and stun grenades to disperse the crowd in Dassenberg Street.

The suspect then sought refuge at the Mustadafin Foundation office in the same street, where about 500 people followed him and threatened to kill him.

People shouted: “Laat hy uit kom!” ("Let him come out!)

Police arrived at the scene a short while later, leading the man out of the building and loading him into a police van.
It is believed the man had been sent to buy beers for the child’s mother and that he took the girl with him.

He allegedly led her to a bush where he allegedly pulled down her pants and raped her.

But the little girl put up a fight and screamed for help, causing the suspect to stop his attack and run away.

The man was then hunted by the community.