The man accused of raping a 7-year-old girl at Dros restaurant in Pretoria appeared in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.
According to EWN reporter Kgomotso Modise, there was no bail application from his legal team but the media made an application that they are allowed to record the court proceeding as the matter is of public interest.
Modise says civil rights organisations and political parties gathered outside court asked for the charges to be changed to attempted murder because the child could have died.
They argue the current charges are very lenient.
They are saying the current charges against this man aren't harsh enough, saying it is not just rape but the rape of a young child which could've resulted in the child dying, so it should become attempted murder.— Kgomotso modise, EWN reporter
Modise says the court made a ruling that the media can take pictures 15 minutes before court proceedings and 15 minutes after.
The media is not allowed to broadcast or video record the proceeding in order to protect the identity of the child and her family.
The State has also made an application to confiscate the accused's cell phone to assist with the investigation.
NPA Spokesperson Phindile Mjonondwana says the accused's lawyers refused to hand over his cell phone saying that he has no obligation to hand it over.
However, this does not stop us having whatever that we need from the phone downloaded from the service provider.— Phindile Mjonondwana, NPA Spokesperson
We have information from the investigation that prompted the State to want to have his cell phone as part of this investigation.— Phindile Mjonondwana, NPA Spokesperson
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