Shock at ‘gang rape’ clip

2014-08-20 00:00

SURROUNDED by six young men, a young girl pleads to be left alone.

Her pleas fall on deaf ears as she is set upon and apparently raped by two of the gang, as at least one records the horror on a cellphone camera.

That video is now circulating in Pietermaritzburg on the WhatsApp cellphone messaging service.

It is claimed that those in the video are pupils of a prominent city school, and that the rape took place at an after-party following a recent matric ball.

However, the poor quality of the video has made it difficult to establish if the victim and rapists are pupils of the school, which The Witness is not naming to protect any potential victims.

The school and the police — whom The Witness alerted to the existence of the video — are nevertheless taking the video seriously and are investigating.

The school is tracking down eight girls who have not returned to school since the matric ball.

Pupils on the video speak in Zulu and are not in school uniform. The footage does not have a date stamp and the location where it was made is unknown, but is thought to be a private home.

In the video, the girl is half-naked on a bed while one of the boys forces himself on her. The others wait for their turn and egg their colleague on. Some hold the girl’s legs and head when she fights back and one asks for a condom.

They giggle and cheer the boy on the girl, wanting him to finish so they can have their turn.

At one point, the girl, who appears to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs, says: “I am not playing, boy. Please leave me, please leave me.”

Her attackers answer that there are no boys there. The girl repeatedly asks “Boy, why are you doing this to me?”

Later, after she has been moved to the floor, she screams in terror when a second attacker climbs on her and appears to penetrate her. At least three appear to rape her as she lies on the floor.

Education Department spokesperson Sihle Mlotshwa expressed shock at hearing that such a video was circulating. “Such disturbing acts committed by young ones mean there is something seriously wrong with our society, especially our social moral fibre. It is therefore a responsibility of every one of us to do something about this,” he said.

Police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker warned that any person caught in possession of the video would be charged in terms of the Child Pornography Act.

• Anyone who has seen the video and is able to identify any of the pupils should call Captain Darin Moodley at 079 500 0397.

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