A 43-year-old man accused of raping his 10-year-old daughter now set to appear at the Family Court in Verulam. Protesters picket outside. Picture: Karinda Jagmohan
DURBAN -  Dozens of protesters chanted slogans and demanded the rape accused stepfather be denied bail at the Verulam Magistrate's Court.

About 100 protesters, picketed outside the court and chanted slogans such as "no bail".  Among the protesters were members of the DA and ANC, who wore party T-shirts outside court.

The protesters carried posters with the messages such as "real men don't rape" and called for the accused to get life imprisonment. 

Inside court, the matter moved to the family court across the road. 

The 43-year-old man was arrested this week after it emerged that he allegedly raped his 10-year-old  child.

Gruesome allegations include that he locked the little girl up in a small dirty room after her mother died.

He allegedly used sex toys to rape the little girl, dressed her in lingerie and made her watch porn.

Earlier on Thursday morning, some of the protesters had demanded to be let inside the court premises so they could demand no bail for the accused father. Court management tried to defuse the situation and called for more security to be deployed at the court entrances and exits.

The Mercury reported that the police had assigned a new investigating officer and the previous investigating officer was facing disciplinary charges and possible criminal charges.