Lia Snijman

A suspect has been arrested and will appear in the Stellenbosch Magistrates Court on Friday 11 September for allegedly sexually assaulting a child at Phyllaria Flats in Jan Cilliers Street, according to police spokesperson Serg. Jason Rhoda.

As first reported on Monday 7 September a man was caught sexually assaulting a child, after luring her away from her friends who were playing in the park near Phyllaria Flats. He promised her money if she came with him. He is allegedly a cleaner at the flats.

When community members found out about the incident, they assaulted the suspect and he was eventually sent to Stellenbosch Hospital. By the time the police arrived at the hospital, the suspect had already left.

Rhoda said that the matter is still under investigation by the family violence, child protection and sexual offences (FCS) unit. The whereabouts of the child is protected at this stage.