An Eastern Cape community has thrown its support behind a 23-year old woman accused of killing the man who allegedly tried to rape her one-year old niece…

The Walter Sisulu University student appeared at the Zwelithini Magistrate’s Court in King William’s Town to face a charge of murder on Monday. She was granted R500 bail.

It’s alleged that the student who was looking after her niece noticed a commotion in the family kraal. Upon closer inspection, she found a man with his pants down, allegedly attempting to rape the child.

The woman got hold of a metal rod nearby and assaulted the would-be rapist with it. The man later died from his injuries.

According to a Daily Sun report, the woman is represented by advocates in the South African Women Lawyers Association.

One of them, Advocate Tozama Mqobi, said: “The accused is a university student, a first-time offender and has no pending cases against her. Furthermore, she is not a flight risk, has no financial means and won’t evade the case.”

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The woman has been hailed a hero by her community.

It is not the first time an Eastern Cape community has rallied behind a woman facing a murder charge.

In 2017, residents of the Emalahleni municipality celebrated when a court dropped charges against a mother who stabbed three men she found raping her daughter. One of the men died following the attack while the other two survived.

The woman was dubbedLion Mama.”

In 2018, the surviving rapists were sentenced to 25 years in jail.

Speaking to News24 at the time, the woman said: “I am happy about the judgment. I’m relieved. All I want is for people to be punished for doing wrong.”

The woman in this latest incident is due back in court on 29 October.

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