Protests are expected in the Pretoria CBD on Wednesday where a man accused of raping a 7 year old girl in a Dros restaurant returns to the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court.
In November, the rape case got postponed to January 16, with an undertaking that the man would be brought to court earlier if a bed becomes available at Weskoppies Psychiatric Hospital in the capital.
On Tuesday, the Tshwane Metro Police Department (TMPD) issued an advisory, warning motorists about street closures expected around the court due to the protests which have characterised the man’s court appearances.
“Streets in the CBD will be congested, so motorists are advised to avoid the affected streets and use alternative roads. Tshwane Metro Police and [SA Police Service] SAPS officers will be deployed to monitor the picket and all affected streets,” said TMPD spokesperson, Senior Superintendent Isaac Mahamba.
Civil rights group #NotInMyNameSA also weighed in, saying they have been informed that the man has finally been allocated a bed at Weskoppies, and is expected to appear in court to be officially referred to the mental institution.