The EFF and Malema have tweeted that the Dros alleged rapist was being shielded by the media for obvious reasons because he is white.

Hundreds of people representing several organisations are expected to descend on the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday morning where the so-called Dros restaurant rape suspect is scheduled to appear.
A large crowd was expected and motorists were warned that the picket would result in road closures.

According to Tshwane Metro Police Department spokesperson Senior Superintendent Isaac Mahamba, different organisations would be arriving by buses for the court proceedings. They would be dropped off at 8am on Francis Baard Street. The buses will be parked at the old Putco depot between Struben and Bloed streets near Marabastad.

It was claimed the suspect was beaten up and Dros management had to lock him in the toilet to avoid mob justice. The management said they were investigating the matter.

The Dros restaurant group said it had contacted the parents of the girl to convey its sympathy. “We have also offered our assistance in any form that would (or could) reasonably be required in a matter of this nature,” the group said.

The ANC Gauteng Legislature Women’s Caucus lambasted the suspect for his abhorrent behaviour.

“We have learnt with shock and dismay of the continued violence directed at children and women. We condemn the abhorrent behaviour of the Dros rape suspect, who even after being found violating a 7-year-old, continued verbal insults and physical attacks on the mother of the victim,” the caucus said.

“We are appalled at the brazen attack on the defenceless innocent child in what is supposed to be a safe space. We will follow this case with keen interest. We call upon the criminal justice system to make sure that no effort is spared in ensuring the successful prosecution of the culprit. In the interest of public safety we request that bail be denied.