Dormitory rape accused appear in court

2015-02-07 00:00

JAN KEMPDORP — One of the four youths accused of raping and assaulting a fellow pupil in their boarding school dormitory wiped away his tears during their court appearance in the neighbouring town of Hartswater yesterday.

The four defendants, who allegedly attacked and sodomised an 18-year-old male at the Northern Cape Agriculture High School while being egged on by fellow pupils, must appear in court again on March 5 after being granted bail of R1 000 each yesterday.

All four are boarders.

A video with explicit scenes from the alleged initiation attack is making headlines.

The assault, which the Northern Cape Education Department earlier labelled as racist, was yesterday condemned by political parties and other groups.

The accused and their families were visibly nervous after they arrived at the court in a police van.

The boys, whose ages are 18, 18, 15 and 14, may not mingle with any of the state’s witnesses or become involved in any trouble. They were released into the custody of their parents.

The incident apparently took place last Sunday night after the boarding master had completed his rounds.

It is believed the pupil was being initiated because he was new at the school.

His mother told reporters that he was allegedly stripped naked and tied face-down on his bed.

He was smeared with soap and shaving cream, his hair was shaved off and then he was allegedly raped with a toothbrush and a broomstick.

The accused are also alleged to have thrown water on his clothes and bedding in the week leading up to the attack.

He went home with a respiratory infection and stomach cramps and went to stay with his grandmother this week.

It was then that he told his ­mother over the telephone of the ­attack.

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