Advocacy group  iLitha Labantu says the justice system needs to stop favouring criminals who commit acts of violence against women and children.

This comes after a 3-year-old baby girl was raped by a 37-year-old man in Mfuleni earlier this month.

He remains in police custody until his next court appearance next week Monday the 18th of September.

Reports suggest that a witness caught the man red-handed before he vehemently denied what the witness saw.

iLitha Labantu’s Siya Monakali says harsher sentences need to be given to perpetrators.

“Strong appeals are made to our justice system to impose harsh sentences on those who perpetrate these crimes so that we can curb the scourge of violence women and children”.

Meanwhile, the police confirmed that the man was arrested, and faces a charge of rape.

Spokesperson Warrant Officer Joseph Swartbooi says the man appeared at the Blue Downs Magistrates Court on the 5th of September, and his case was postponed to the 18th of September.

“Kuils River Family Violence Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit are investigating a case of rape. We can confirm that a 37-year-old man has been arrested and detailed on the mentioned charge”.