The Dros child-rape accused was admitted to hospital on Monday after informing prison officials that he was not feeling well.
The man, who has been in custody since September last year, was apprehended for allegedly raping a seven-year-old girl at a Dros restaurant in Silverton, Pretoria. He cannot be named until he has pleaded.
According to the Department of Correctional Services records, the detainee reported to the Kgosi Mampuru II Prison’s care facility in person for medical attention. He was examined by the Department’s health-care professionals, who recommended that he be transferred to an external medical centre for further examination. According to the Department of correctional services spokesperson Singabakho Nxumalo, “The Department said the remand detainee’s health was stable, and he was waiting to be discharged back to prison”.
The department denied an assertion by the anti-rape organisation, “Not In My Name” that the remand detainee had allegedly overdosed on drugs.
The claim was “noted with dismay” by the Department.
The trial will start on September 9 in the High Court in Pretoria and is expected to finish on September 20. He is facing charges of rape, kidnapping, drug possession, assault and defeating the ends of justice.