South Africa: Charges Withdrawn Against Lentegeur Baby Rape Accused

South African women are using #AmINext on Twitter after their hopes of missing 18-year-old UCT student Uyinene Mrwetyana returning home were shattered. A 42-year-old man confessed to killing and raping Mrwetyana in a post office in Claremont, Cape Town, close to a police station.

The case against a man accused of the rape of a one-year-old baby has been withdrawn pending a DNA report, the Western Cape police said.

"The case against [the man] was withdrawn by the senior public prosecutor (SPP) pending [a] DNA report," said spokesperson Captain FC Van Wyk on Wednesday.

The man has however been warned to stay out of Mitchells Plain for his own safety.

The DNA analysis has been prioritised by the SPP for a report.

The 57-year-old man was initially remanded until his next appearance in the Mitchells Plain Magistrate's Court, which was set down for September 9.

Initially two people were taken into custody for the rape in Woodlands, Lentegeur, last week.

One person was released, and the 57-year-old appeared in court.

He was supposed to have stayed behind bars until his next appearance.

In the meantime, police said on Tuesday they are still waiting for the results of DNA samples sent for analysis regarding the rape of an 8-month-old baby in Bontehewel.

A case of rape was reported to the police on June 29.

In that case, the baby's mother also noticed something was wrong when checking the baby's nappy.

Source: News24

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