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The mother of a 12-year-old boy accused of raping a five-year-old toddler says she is happy that the police have released her son into her custody.
The suspect appeared in the Verulam magistrate's court on Tuesday and is due to appear again on November 20.
The incident, which shocked the community of Inanda, allegedly happened at the weekend. The boy's mother, who cannot be named to protect both the suspect and the victim, said she was relieved for now.
"I am glad he is back home. I am not saying that if he has done something wrong he should not be punished. The fact that he will be staying with me until his next court appearance, is a relief," she said.