Juveniles charged with ‘compelled rape’

2015-05-29 06:00

IN a shocking incident in Matatiele­, 11 juveniles were charged for compelling six children, younger than them, to have sex.

It is reported that the children aged between 10 and 12 were walking from Mapeng village to neighbouring Nko-noane village last Thursday.

On their way the children came across the boys (alleged suspects), aged between 11 and 17. The boys allegedly approached them and asked them what brings them to their village because they know their village is a no-go area for boys from nearby villages.

The incident came to light after a video, showing the children raping each other, made the rounds at a school in Mapeng­.

According to Matatiele SAPS spokesperson Lieutenant Raphael Motloung the suspects then led the children to a hiding place.

“The suspects started to beat them and compelled them to rape each other. They were also threatened that they would be beaten again if they did not comply with their instructions.”

Some of the suspects took videos of the children with their phones while the children raped each other and forced others to perform oral sex on them.

After doing what they were instructed they were allowed to go home. The suspects circulated the video of the victims performing the atrocious acts.

The matter was brought to the attention of the principal who immediately told the parents and the suspects were identified by the victims. The parents opened a case of compelled rape.

“The suspects were charged and released into parental­ custody because they are under age. They appeared in court on 28 May at Maluti Magistrate’s Court,” said Motloung.

The victims will be referred to social workers for counselling as they are very traumatised by the incident.

- Supplied

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