The South Africa Government has issued a public release and have cautioned the public to remain calm and refrain from taking the law into their own hands after the rape of a 7-year-old girl at a Dros restaurant in Pretoria.
Government has noted a disturbing video circulating on social media involving the alleged rape of a child. We appeal to the public to remain calm and allow the law to take its course. The perpetrator has been remanded in custody and will appear in court on 2 October. #Dros #GBV
— South African Government (@GovernmentZA) September 27, 2018
The Government called on the public not to share a video purportedly showing the alleged rapist of a 7-year-old girl being confronted at the Dros restaurant in Silverton.
On Thursday night, the South African government tweeted an appeal for the public to refrain from circulating a graphic video purportedly showing the child’s alleged attacker being violently confronted at the restaurant. The bleeding man can be heard protesting his innocence and insisting that he was just using the toilet.
The government went on to say that it was outraged by the incident and that sharing the video was insensitive to the child and could impact negatively on the prosecution of her attacker.
The incident, which has shocked people across South Africa, took place in the toilet of the Dros restaurant in Silverton last Saturday.
The man allegedly preyed on the girl and later followed her to the toilet, where he raped her.
The 20-year-old man made a brief appearance in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday on a charge of rape.
The matter was postponed to October 2 for further investigation and the accused will remain in custody.