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Man who raped girl at Dora Nginza Hospital expected to apply for bail

Mar 22, 2017
Man who raped girl at Dora Nginza Hospital expected to apply for bail

A Port Elizabeth man, Simphiwe Phukane, is expected back in the New Brighton Magistrate's Court for a bail application on Wednesday after he was charged at the same court last week with the  abduction and rape of an eleven 11-year-old girl at the Dora Nginza Hospital.

According to police spokesperson, Lieutenant-Colonel Nicole Brown, it is alleged that it was on the 11th of March, that a young girl, who was playing in a park in Ndukwana Street, Zwide, in Port Elizabeth, was accosted by 21-year-old Phukane. 

"She was  abducted at knife point.  The incident took place at approximately 13:30," she described.

"The suspect took the girl to a toilet in Dora Nginza Hospital, which was not in use at the time.  He then proceeded to rape the child."

Dora Nginza Hospital is a large Provincial Government funded hospital and is situated on Spondo Street in Zwide township.

"The following day, 12 March 2017, a group of about 80 community members took to the streets at approximately 11:00, and apprehended  Phukane in Ndani Street, Zwide.  He was assaulted, but did not sustain any serious injuries," added Lieutenant-Colonel Brown.

"Kwazakele SAPS members were informed of the incident and responded speedily.  Upon arriving at the scene the man was immediately arrested. 

"The SAPS thanked the community for finding the suspect and handing him over to them during a meeting conducted with the community members at about 17:00 at Dora Nginza Hospital.  However, the community was also warned against vigilantism and taking the law into their own hands, this being an unlawful action."

She said that while nothing will lessen the horror of such abuse against women and children, the SAPS continues its fight against such incidents.

"Assistance from the community greatly assists the police in its relentless fight against crime and all forms of abuse."