Gang-raped teen’s mother in therapy

2012-04-28 16:29

The Congress of South African Students (Cosas) says it is prepared to go to every school in Johannesburg to encourage pupils who have the controversial gang rape video on their cellphones to delete it.

The video, depicting the brutal gang rape of a 17-year-old Braamfischerville teenager by a group
of boys and young men, has been widely circulated.

Cosas’s Joburg deputy secretary, Vincent Cossa, said the student body wanted parents to stop their children from watching pornography, and would go to every public and private school to encourage pupils who had the video to delete it.

Meanwhile, the mother of the girl featured in the video has started therapy after an intervention by the Gauteng provincial government.

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said the girl’s traumatised mother started therapy after Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane intervened.

This week Mthethwa visited Braamfischerville in Soweto and pleaded with the community to protect the girl’s family and not to blame her mother.

The 17-year-old was taken to a place of safety a day after eight suspects, two of them minors, were arrested and charged with raping her.

One of the teen’s elder sisters said all the girl did before being taken to a place of safety was write her name repeatedly on a piece of paper.

Another sister, who stayed at home during Mthethwa’s visit, told journalists she had nothing to say about her sister’s ordeal.

During Mthethwa’s visit the mother of a disabled 13-year-old girl broke her silence, revealing the failed prosecution of an alleged rapist at the Protea Magistrates’ Court.

The woman, who cannot be named to protect the identity of her daughter, said a man tried to rape her daughter but failed to penetrate her.

Another Braamfischerville mother of a disabled child said these children were not treated well by members of the community.

Daisy Moerane, who has a mentally disabled teenage son, asked the government to build a home for disabled children in Braamfischerville. “Our kids are suffering,” Moerane said.

The two minors will apply for bail on Thursday while the other five return to the Roodepoort Magistrates Court in June.

One of the accused is 13 years old and his criminal capacity still has to be determined.

The eighth suspect, 37-year-old Edward Monyela, with whom the girl was found last week, will return to court on May 4.

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