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11-year-old boy gang-raped at school

2011-11-02 21:02

Johannesburg - An 11-year-old boy has been raped, allegedly by four other boys at a school in Eldorado Park, south of Johannesburg, police said on Wednesday.

The boy was receiving counselling from social workers while a case of rape was being investigated, Captain Phil Khorombi said.

He said the rape happened on Friday morning on the premises of the school.

"At this stage we cannot reveal much detail on the matter," he said.

The Gauteng education department had launched its own investigation into the matter, spokesperson Charles Phahlane said.

"The matter has shocked us and we view it in a serious light," he said.

Phahlane could not immediately reveal the name of the school.

Comments
  • Marius - 2011-11-02 21:15

    So Sad.

      rbphiri - 2011-11-02 22:21

      This is sick, worst of all it happened on the school premises where a child would think they would be safe from harm, let alone rape. But the 4 boys in question will get their medicine in prison.

      Niekie - 2011-11-03 06:45

      Only one way to sort out this nonsense! Lock up or sterilize bad parents!

      Ronj - 2011-11-03 10:19

      This is why some 'adults' shouldn't breed. Their offspring are monsters. Bad parenting or non-existing parenting is the start of this type of problem. Bad friends is another ...

  • Alva - 2011-11-02 21:19

    Awful! Poor child. Bad reflection on our society.

  • Jean-Paul - 2011-11-02 21:39

    I am about to cry - What is our society becoming ?- I am not having kids in this world.

      johncarlos.biza - 2011-11-02 21:50

      I used to feel the same, until I decided to try create my own little utopia to raise my child into. If I succeed, then I will bring a child into this world

      Mattewis - 2011-11-03 07:47

      Many liberals also feel the same sterility urge you do! Pity that it's only the conservatives who face up to the hard responsibilities imposed on them by a system they didn't vote for in the first place! You not having kids will only result in more children like the trash above. The only way you can compensate is by producing offspring that aren't like that!

      Rob - 2011-11-03 09:32

      @Mattewis - Rather cash out while you've got no dependants.

  • Martin - 2011-11-02 21:39

    So so sad. Sorry to say that if that was my son, no cops would be involved. I would really struggle not to take the law into my own hands!

  • Hugh - 2011-11-02 21:42

    Oh please the answers are staring us in the face. Lack of discipline and lack of family spirit and father figures of good standing.

      TaniaSandraSteyn - 2011-11-02 22:07

      The real problem is that kids fail at such an alarming rate that you can have 16yr olds at Primary School. This is a recipe for disaster. Kids over twelve should not be in Primary School. There are children in Grade Rin the same environment. The Government should build more Technical schools for children who can't cope with the current curriculum. It's our only hope.

      nokuthandwa - 2011-11-03 07:25

      @Tania, I was shocked on Tuesday this week to learn of 26yr old's still in high school! Your comment really has value. Primary children should be in school with other children not TEENAGERS. Same for high school, teenagers should be in school with others their age NOT ADULTS! There's a lot that still needs to be done!

      SGL - 2011-11-03 07:45

      @ Tania and Nokuthandwa - a lot of people have had a lot to say about us putting our child in an independant school. This is just one of the reasons why we have gone the independant route - there is tough screening so I know there won't be any "adult" learners in the school. Our government has a lot to answer for in this regard. In Australia, if a "child" has reached the age of 18 and still does not have a senior certificate, he/she has to enrol in college and finish his/her education there. This is something they should do here in SA too. I do believe that parents are also to take blame when their offspring do crime. Too many parents are absent - and not only in the lower income sector. I know of many affluent parents (black and white) who don't give two hoots what their kids are up to - they shove money in their hands and feel they've done their bit. Parenting doesn't work that way. Children require boundaries, discipline, love and positive attention and these 4 things need to be in place and in balance to prevent children/adults becoming criminals. My heart goes out to this little boy and his family - I pray for his healing in all aspects. I hope the 4 boys who committed this heinous crime are brought to book and are thrown into juvenile prison and their parents need to go for parenting sessions.

      MissGremlin - 2011-11-03 09:47

      Got to agree with Noku. At 20, your "school" career is done - you no longer qualify, and should be part of an adult based edudcation program. School is for children.

      Marion - 2011-11-03 10:02

      I was appalled to learn that there are 21/22 year olds in Grade 10 at my son's school. Such massive age discrepancies should not be permitted. Sure, everyone has the potential to fail, but when you have failed twice you should be sent to a trade school if you are older than 15, irrespective of what grade you are in. When I was at school there were prefects and at least two teachers on playground duty during every break. To my knowledge this is no longer the case in many schools. Disgusting that this little boy had to go through such a horrific experience. It will haunt him for the rest of his life.

      Marion - 2011-11-03 10:06

      I recently made enquiries at 'special needs' schools for a child I know who is virtually illiterate in Grade 8. They asked me what age the child would be in matric if he passed every year. When they heard he would be older than nineteen they said he would have to go to an 'adult' education 'school'. However, if he stays in the school he is currently in he could be as old as 20 in Grade 10 without any consequences as far as I can tell. Not acceptable. The school system is failing our children 100%.

  • Shoe - 2011-11-02 22:05

    This type of sensationalist reporting leaves one wondering about some issues that have been left out and the motive for telling half the story. Will those peddling this half-truth share with the public how old the rapists are? if they go the same school; different school, or are not even school? if the incident happened during school time; before; or after? This is a child, someone should have protected him. Either the home or the school. Someone has to answer.

      Darryl - 2011-11-02 22:09

      "At this stage we cannot reveal much detail on the matter," he said.

      Caryn - 2011-11-04 09:06

      giving detail may detriment the case.

  • Bill - 2011-11-02 22:07

    Trash...!

  • Sean - 2011-11-02 22:10

    What the hell is wrong with today's people? FFS, an 11 year gets gang raped.

      DieSkim - 2011-11-02 22:31

      Morality is pretty much collapsing. Children are videotaping themselves having sex with other children then posting it online. The grownups go "ah well, kids will be kids". The only things on TV these days are sex and violence. People are so desensitized that by the time they reach adulthood that nothing shocks and they seek out real death on the Internet to view as entertainment. In a nutshell we are reaping what we sow. Society has grown sick and nobody has the will to change it, in fact many don’t even see a problem as you can often see on comments about this kind of report; people claiming that a mountain is being made of a mole hill etc. I for one don’t want children, not in this country, and increasingly not anywhere. I'm so sick of trying to figure out how people can be so sick, cruel and immoral. The past few months have been particularly nasty. There was the girl doused with petrol and set alight and the Sunday Rapist case, the Lotter kids murdering their parents, the dog cut open and left for dead in PE, the Maartens van der Merwe case where that poor man had his face peeled off and others too. Cry the beloved country. South Africa is burning.

      seymore.butt - 2011-11-03 09:13

      @DieSkim, Yeah go follow the American dream..this is what it gets you!

  • Stack - 2011-11-02 22:11

    no words !

  • DieSiener - 2011-11-02 22:24

    I would like to know, who taught these boys about rape, raping the same gender, sex, who educated them? Will the parents be blaming the school, be upset with their children. Just remember these little children did not ask to be here – You the parents made them and what responsibility did you take in educating them in even the simplest of things?

  • Dewdawn - 2011-11-02 22:26

    Spare the rod and this is what you get. Remove religion from schools and this is what your get. Remove PT from schools and this is what your get. The perpetrators must be castrated now.

      Clifton - 2011-11-03 02:34

      What does religion in schools have to do with rape, other than the fact that the bible says a rapist should wed his victim if she is a virgin? How many rapist priests are there? Get a grip.

      jeremy.schaffner1 - 2011-11-03 07:07

      Agree with Dewdawn, save perhaps for the castration. @Clifton, it is not religion, it is the acknowledgement and worship of the Living God. He is the salt that prevented the rot from setting in, now we have turned our backs on Him and told him we do not need Him, and in many cases that He does not exist, then we should not be surprised when absolute depravity, such as is marked by this incident, sets in. It is one of the worst things I have read for a long, long time, and I am angry and outraged that such a thing could happen. I would advocate the most severe discipline possible. If my son was the victim, I would endeavour to inflict that punishment personally.

      Phoenix - 2011-11-03 09:37

      Jeremy oh so people who don't believe in YOUR god has no morals??? Please I would argue with CLifton that it is in fact EXACTLY the opposite.

      jeremy.schaffner1 - 2011-11-03 10:09

      Phoenix, that's not what I said at all. There are millions of people with high morals that do not believe in the living God - acknowledged. What I said was that when we acknowledge Him, his presence will and hand of protection will prevail against the evil that led to incidents such as the one at hand here. The salt alludes to preservation from decay, as in the treatment of meat to make biltong. May God bless you too.

  • Raymond - 2011-11-02 22:54

    the present regime does not value life or values that are similar to the ten commandments in the Bible . Taking over a working education system from the previous goverment and expanding the good service to all people was not in their capability . The media are making money out of this sick story , but facts are missing so emotions are stirred up . The ethnicity of the alleged perpetrators , their ages etc are not stated . If all news articles contained such details , then maybe the govt could see where the perpetrators come from and target the sick souls that commit these deeds . Am I shocked , no ,it is just another true mzantsi story .

  • godfrey.kubheka - 2011-11-03 00:01

    Eish,dis is so sad,I cnt Imagine hw his Parents r feeling nw,lt de pepetrators b sent 2max prison,where dey will hv a taste of their medicine!!! Surely dey r possesed,dey dnt belong in our society,dey mst b locked up for eternity!!!

  • Lauren - 2011-11-03 00:49

    I feel sorry for both boys. Something has gone unbelievably wrong in that child's upbringing. If it is left unanswered, we are left,perhaps, with another child molester,or worse. We should help our children before they become predators. It's not that hard to contemplate. I know it's easier to cast off blame and look to the child as an evil so and so. Truth is, we are responsible as adults for the children. Let us help this little guy before it is too late, yeah?

  • michel.pieterse - 2011-11-03 04:33

    sickening to think that KIDS are capable of such crimes, ones shiveres to think what they would be capable to do as adults...

  • Cristina - 2011-11-03 05:45

    OMG!!!!!!

  • Kevin - 2011-11-03 06:50

    The four are not boys or men .Real men only have consensual sex with women. Arrest them and life imprisonment.Actually they should be happy in jail .Especially at shower time.The judges have a responsibility to see that scum like this are removed from society.

  • Michelle - 2011-11-03 07:15

    How shocking. As a teacher I have been saying for many years that the biggest problem we face as educators is lack of parenting. The majority of your learners who show behavioral problems are your learners who do not have proper parenting. And when the "dinges" hits the fan, these are the parents who usually blame the schools and the teachers. Am sure there will be comments blaming the school. But think about this logically, a lot of parents are dropping their children off at school at six in the morning. Teachers and supervisors only start arriving from seven. Not saying that this was the case, but parents, start behaving like parents and not your child's friend. Your children have friends, they need proper guidance and discipline

      seymore.butt - 2011-11-03 09:21

      Instead of investing in school buses, schools would rather spend the money on hockey and rugby fields. Yes parents who are leaving children in early hours need to be at work to provide the exorbitant fee that schools are charging!

  • Kerry - 2011-11-03 07:16

    WTF is going on with the kids of today. This is really screwed up

      Phoenix - 2011-11-03 11:05

      Parents.

  • Charmain - 2011-11-03 07:18

    Shoot them don't give them don't let them sit jail as the law will saw underage bull sh*t how do parents bring children up they know what they did unless they are backwards, which would not suprise me coming from Eldos I would personally KILL THEM

  • Michelle - 2011-11-03 07:57

    @Felix Then cut off the parents' appendages. And no, I do not know them but after being in education for more than 20 years, children do not behave like this without any adult "assistance" or "grooming"

  • Warwick - 2011-11-03 08:03

    Must have learned this sort of behaviour from their parents or community members.

  • sandra.mafumo - 2011-11-03 08:30

    one can imagen whats going on through the boys mind at this stage,,,,SAD

  • Shanna - 2011-11-03 08:37

    Very sad .......I would LOVE to castrate those 4 pieces of shyt

  • hayleynwalker - 2011-11-03 09:21

    Where is the supervision at the school? Our government needs to realise that their staff to pupil ratio is putting kids at risk. According to the definition of abuse of children in the Children's Act, inadequate supervision is listed.

  • Puleng - 2011-11-03 09:23

    this is rediculous! how sick sick sick. parenting skills have gone out the window parents are too busy being busy. dammit.children of today! i warn you all, more is cuming, something needs to be done fast.

  • Jason - 2011-11-03 09:24

    I will say it, these are the ramifications of zero discipline and zero corporal punishment at schools. There are no consequences to actions anymore!

  • sandimzilikazi - 2011-11-03 09:31

    and to think this happened in the school premises!! this young boy will be scared for the rest of his life while these 4 idiots get a spanking or "time-out" and roam free *sick*

  • gillian.sanderson - 2011-11-03 09:31

    I'm giving up commenting on all stories on this platform. There are just too many fools out there who dont take anything seriously anymore - apparently it's fun/ny to give comments the thumbs down. You all know who you are, you sad little losers!

  • benicenow - 2011-11-03 09:53

    cut their balls off and feed it them!

  • nonceba.motsisi - 2011-11-03 09:59

    These kids are really disgusting. Whats worse is that they do this inside the school premises,NXA.

  • Lauden Kirk - 2011-11-03 10:16

    Tv spoiling and parents can't say no. It's really a shame in forty years then what? Rot in hell. I guess we need to make up our minds is earth a test for the life after. Maybe this hell? I'm speech less

  • Marion - 2011-11-03 10:16

    There are some idiots on News24 who are either sick enough to commit deeds like this themselves or have no idea how the 'thumbs up' and 'thumbs down' icons work. Thumbs up means you agree with the comment posted. Thumbs down means you disagree with it. Thumbs down on a sympathetic comment for an article like this shows you are nothing but a depraved individual who will get your come uppance one day. Sickos! Also, religion has nothing to do with whether you are a good person or a bad person. I am a Christian but I acknowledge that there is good and bad in everyone, including so-called 'religious' people. Many so-called 'religious' people have committed atrocious acts, some of them even in the name of religion. Which doesn't mean that non-'religious' people are any less decent than 'religious' people. Criminals exist in all walks of life, even in little old ladies who go to church and pray for forgiveness every Sunday can be criminals.

  • rheinhardt.peens - 2011-11-03 10:17

    WTF????? Society is falling apart...

  • Martin - 2011-11-03 10:22

    Last year I found out that my 13 year old daughter had been having sex with an adult male. I naturally gave the child a good hiding like I used to get when I was a child and I ended up having to explain myself to the police because the child reported the hiding I gave her to them. Thankfully the police officers who came understood what I was trying to do or I could have been locked up for trying to discipline my child. The worst part of all of this was they could do nothing to the 23 year old that was responsible for the statutory rape because my 13 year old did not want to lay charges against him. The cops told me at the time that a 12 year old is entitled to decide if she wants an abortion or not. With these kind of laws what do we expect? How can adult rights be given to children that dont even understand them? The nanny state we now find ourselves in has taken away the parental right to punish a child that strays from the moral path and the actions of these kinds is a direct result of state interference in family matters. A good hiding never affected me or my siblings but it did teach me right from wrong as well as consequences for my actions. I really feel for the victim but also his parents who no doubt feel as helpless as I did a year ago.

      Marion - 2011-11-03 11:13

      I'm so sorry that you had had this experience with your young daughter. Within a month of getting my driver's license an unlicensed 16 year old pulled out in front of me and I smacked the car right in the middle. The police told us that it was not up to us to lay a charge. They, as the state, laid the charges against the kid. I would think that the state had an obligation to do something about this and would suggest that even though it is now there is probably some sort of record about it and you should contact the NPA about it. Wrong on all levels. I agree with you 100% that we, as parents, have been disempowered with all these children's rights (particularly the one that allows a mere child to have an abortion without parents involvement thus opening the way for many a paedophile to continue with his vile acts). Like you, I got many hidings (not abuse) and that kept me on my toes most of the time cos I knew there were painful, and immediate, consequences to bad behaviour. Not saying I grew up perfect, but I've never felt the urge to run out and assault, murder, rape, torture etc. So my parents did something right and they were raising seven kids, not one of whom has ever been on the wrong side of the law for anything more than minor traffic violations.

  • Michelle - 2011-11-03 10:24

    I am so disgusted by this!

  • kelly.orme - 2011-11-03 10:42

    This is so sick, what is this world coming to and i have two small little girls, what happens to them when they go to school. This makes me sick.

      Samantha - 2011-11-03 11:43

      i feel the same Kelly, i have 2 little boys, my eldest just started school, - things like this make me sick to my stomach :( - i pray everyday that God watches over our children,

  • Althea - 2011-11-03 11:00

    @DieSkim - I just love your comment and want to post again @DieSkim - November 2, 2011 at 22:31 Report comment Morality is pretty much collapsing. Children are videotaping themselves having sex with other children then posting it online. The grownups go "ah well, kids will be kids". The only things on TV these days are sex and violence. People are so desensitized that by the time they reach adulthood that nothing shocks and they seek out real death on the Internet to view as entertainment. In a nutshell we are reaping what we sow. Society has grown sick and nobody has the will to change it, in fact many don’t even see a problem as you can often see on comments about this kind of report; people claiming that a mountain is being made of a mole hill etc. I for one don’t want children, not in this country, and increasingly not anywhere. I'm so sick of trying to figure out how people can be so sick, cruel and immoral. The past few months have been particularly nasty. There was the girl doused with petrol and set alight and the Sunday Rapist case, the Lotter kids murdering their parents, the dog cut open and left for dead in PE, the Maartens van der Merwe case where that poor man had his face peeled off and others too. Cry the beloved country. South Africa is burning. 58 1 | Delete

  • Sammy - 2011-11-03 11:20

    Spare the rod perhaps?

  • Bigwolf - 2011-11-03 11:21

    Scum will proberly get away with it and that poor child has to live with it for life.

  • juliecharie - 2011-11-03 11:24

    f disgusting god what has happened to the schools in this country!

  • Louise - 2011-11-03 11:33

    At least my kids are safer doing home school.

  • Freddy - 2011-11-03 11:51

    It pains me to think we live in a world where Children become victim to other Children..... gone are the days we played outside and ran around bearfoot.My heart goes out to abused woman and children.

  • Shellerjc - 2011-11-03 12:34

    I blame tv and media for this - Every where you look you see or read about rape / sex

      MissGremlinSays - 2011-11-03 12:51

      ?. I could blame tv and media for a lot of things, but the rape of a child? How about, you blame the perpetrators. Some acts are not a by product of watching too many cartoons. Some people are just violent, and are happy to act on their impulses.

  • Chrono - 2011-11-03 12:58

    Castrate the guilty.

  • Nikki Bodenstein - 2011-11-03 16:37

    Kids of today need to be donnered like we were!

  • russell.ganesh - 2011-11-03 16:52

    My heart weeps for the child. I hope he's able to recover from this horrible act. The boys that did this should be punished severely.

  • Towtruck - 2012-02-07 01:45

    Flippen barbare

  • Benita - 2012-05-11 11:49

    Wake up everyone, government included. These things have been going on and we did not or didn't want to stop it when we had the chance. Now it is out of control and it will destroy our youth. Just go on wathing your sex shows on TV and get drunk - your children will sort each other out.

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