Two school rape suspects arrested

2010-11-08 12:39

Two boys, aged 14 and 16, who allegedly drugged and raped a Johannesburg schoolgirl have been arrested, Gauteng police said today.

“The boys will appear before the Johannesburg Magistrates Court soon facing charges of rape,” Lieutenant Colonel Lungelo Dlamini said.

Three boys allegedly gave “date rape” drugs to two girls on Thursday and then gang-raped one of them, aged 15, while filming it on their cellphones.

The attack occurred on the school’s premises in Auckland Park, during school hours.

“The witness only identified two of the boys so that’s why we arrested only two of them.”

Both boys are grade 9 pupils at two schools in Auckland Park. Dlamini said visual material of the attack had been handed to the police and he had seen the footage of the rape.

Dlamini said the court would decide whether to allow them to continue writing their exams.

“The boys will first have to go through the court system and then the court will make a ruling on this.”

Gauteng education MEC Barbara Creecy said the victims would postpone writing their exams.

“We have agreed with the school to postpone examinations for the victims. We are reviewing promotional requirements of the victims based on their psychological progress.”

She said the department was “outraged” by the alleged rape, but had the matter “under control”.

“We are engaging the services of an external independent investigator to produce a report on what disciplinary action needs to be taken, if any against learners, educators, and school management.”

The department is providing support and counselling to the victims and their families and “seeking advice from experts in the field [including] Ithemba rape crisis centre”.

Dlamini said one of the two girls “was taken away today by the social worker because she became hysterical again. She is very traumatised”.

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