Western Cape police said on Sunday they could not confirm weekend reports that the recent rapes of a baby girl and a seven-year-old boy in Ceres were revenge attacks, and they would not be speculating on the motive.
The Rapport newspaper claimed that the parents of one of the victims allegedly owed the suspected rapist R800 and when he was not paid, the children were allegedly sexually assaulted.
Children as well as babies are often raped however, since many aids-infected black South Africans believe the myth that child rape is a cure for HIV.
The police’s Andre Traut said that every possible lead was being investigated to make sure the perpetrator was arrested.
“The recent rapes of two young children in Ceres are being investigated. It’s a top priority for SAPS. We will not be speculating on the motive,” said Traut.
The four-month-old girl and the boy were abducted from a home on a farm near the town a week ago and sexually assaulted in a vineyard.
Police took a suspect in for questioning during the week, but he was later released.
The girl had since undergone two reconstructive surgeries at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital, while the boy was recovering at home. – EWN