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Cabinet condemns gang rape of teen

2012-04-19 18:04

Cape Town - Cabinet has condemned the gang rape of a mentally ill Soweto teenager.

"Cabinet has condemned, in the strongest possible terms, the barbaric act committed [against] a 17-year-old Soweto girl," government spokesperson Jimmy Manyi told a media briefing following the executive's regular Wednesday meeting.

"Cabinet calls on the law enforcement to ensure that the full might of the law is implemented.

"Cabinet congratulates the South African Police Service for their decisive and swift action in apprehending the alleged perpetrators," he said.

Seven men were arrested in Dobsonville, Soweto on Tuesday, after they were matched to the descriptions of the rapists seen in a video recording of the attack.

Comments
  • Ask - 2012-04-19 18:11

    and this condemnation helps us HOW???

      Christelle - 2012-04-19 19:56

      You are right - condemnation without action means nothing!! Our government cannot discipline themselves with the smallest things (like honesty, no bribery and corruption)how can they exert discipline with larger issues. And they are consistantly proving this.

  • Tuco - 2012-04-19 18:22

    Our idiotic Cabinet and Govt have been doing a lot of condemning lately. It’s sickening coz they are the ones who have the power and should be doing something about it. It’s not your job to condemn idiots, that’s our job as citizens, your job is to ensure this sort of crap does not happen again by setting examples, eg ensuring the processes are there to guarantee offenders are punished as harshly as possible. Whilst we on the topic of a teens, WTF is the Ministry of Women and Children doing?? Is this not the type of tragedy they are supposed to be on top of? Offering counseling sessions for the victim etc??…

  • Lynda - 2012-04-19 18:23

    Lets just hope this is genuine and not hot air

      Godfrey - 2012-04-19 19:41

      Only hot air, the world saw it, so Govt had to say something. Please note SAY and not DO something.

      Christelle - 2012-04-19 19:59

      Lynda - you are a truly positive and trusting human being....

  • Ndabe Mdlalose - 2012-04-19 18:27

    might of the law never fell on a certain celeb who was racing and killed kids, so instead of looking at isolated incidents, how about they look at themselves first.

      Christelle - 2012-04-19 20:01

      Man, I just love reading how people are opening their eyes to what our goverment really is! (or is not)

  • Lacrimose - 2012-04-19 18:31

    We would prefer it if cabinet apologised to the entire country for allowing health and welfare, policing and education to all but collapse. It is their very inaction and pre-occupation with spending public funds on themselves that has contributed to this monstrous event.

      Grace - 2012-04-19 19:29

      OH Lacimose you SO darn right there!

  • Kekeletso.nax - 2012-04-19 18:37

    And of course by making a statement, our government now believes its \job well done to them\

  • Smell - 2012-04-19 18:42

    Good start. If only the government would finally start publicly condemning any heinous atrocity irrespective of whether the perpetrators or victims where Black or White. No township dweller with a hard earned paycheck, or any farmer should be considered as a legitimate target to rob. And no one deserves to be brutalized or murdered, whether in a township or on a farm. And at some point please at least start giving the impression that the safety and security of all citizens is important to you, and that you will be doing something about it. That is why I find the ANC's ridiculously contorted "process" to deal with Malema so disturbing - I sense that the same irrational, ridiculous type of approach has been used to address our country's multiple, serious problems, including the horrendous crime.

  • Shaylene - 2012-04-19 18:44

    Our law enforcement and justice system is just as corrupt as you because you made it that way! I would like to see the cabinet condem a criminal if this were to happen to one of their daughters....

  • Msika - 2012-04-19 18:57

    Good thing they are, but tell me Cabinet, why not also condemn the corrupt government officials who keeps on enrinching themselves with tax payer's? Why not condemn Scamral? Why not condemn the lack of service delivery in rural areas?

      Lacrimose - 2012-04-19 19:14

      It's policy. You can condemn entire communities to lives of misery, fear and despair but never, ever condemn your peers. That would be an offence - bringing the party into disrepute, sowing division etc.

  • morwen.fourie - 2012-04-19 19:20

    The Government is reaping what it has sown, a decadent bored youth. What did they think would happen when they removed out of the school curriculum the following: religious education, music, proper sport, discipline? We have a bored unbalanced youth. Values mean nothing anymore. And disabled persons are not appropriately cared for. Facilites are few and far between for disabled people. Our Government in all their \wisdom\ have set the scene for such violent acts. They should hang their heads in shame.

  • Jack - 2012-04-19 19:21

    Pots calling kettles black.

  • Grace - 2012-04-19 19:22

    Nice statement 'cabinet'... How many of the accused are relatives? Did you notice that a quarter of your males in Soweto think gang rape is 'fun'?

      Grace - 2012-04-19 19:24

      TAlk is CHEAP - money buys the whiskey

      Bless Boswell - 2012-04-20 07:41

      Kensong Grace is referring to a poll that reflects that high numbers of boys in Soweto think rape is fun.

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-04-19 19:31

    Excuse the pun Jack hehehe.

  • Grace - 2012-04-19 19:40

    That statement has as much influence as my kitchen 'cabinet' has convincing me that its concerned

      Lacrimose - 2012-04-19 20:01

      AKA "cupboard love" :)

  • Lacrimose - 2012-04-19 21:11

    And we condemn the systematic rape of public funds, our right to live without fear and all our other rights as set down in the Constitution. Cabinet swore to uphold the Constitution. So you are actually condemning yourselves. Step down!

  • Bertus - 2012-04-19 21:13

    ...No condolences to the other thousands of women raped? None to the hundreds of murder victims'families? None to the thousands of neglected kids in ultimate poverty? No, Manyi, shame on you as our government who only has to react to this as its internationaly a disgrace to SA's reputation. The thousands of unseen incidents are not a reality to you, I guess. I hope this poor girl gains trust in humanity again some day.

      Dave - 2012-04-19 23:04

      Well said Bertus; This government is TOTALLY insensitive to the poor and mentally challenged in our country

  • George - 2012-04-20 00:53

    However, financial rape of millions of Gauteng citizens through SCAMRAL appears to be encouraged. Go figure.

  • annari.duplessis - 2012-04-20 06:07

    What happened to that poor girl was a terrible injustice. Speaking of injustice... Compassion Coup is happening today, coinciding with the Stop Kony events, and here are the first five points: 1. Stop Kony, Speak up, Speak out. #CompassionCoup 2. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JjnpYWz3QrE #CompassionCoup 3. 35000 kids have seen Kony's face up close. Unfortunately the injustices they experienced didn't stop there. #CompassionCoup 4. How many of Kony's child soldiers chose their fate? Death can be a powerful motivator. #CompassionCoup 5. Tell the world who Kony is. #CompassionCoup

  • Carry - 2012-04-20 06:40

    BUT OUR PRESIDENT GOT AWAY WITH IT ..................

      Jonny Lee - 2012-04-20 07:29

      he sets the example, what do we expect?

  • Jonny Lee - 2012-04-20 07:26

    this is what happens if you give animals the tools of civilized people.

      Nadine - 2012-04-20 10:44

      And suddenly cabinet is horrified. BABIES, children and women are raped in our country on a daily basis. This is cabinets fault - There is no discipline at home because parents are not allowed to smack their children. Teachers are not allowed to discipline learners. A result of lack of discipline is a society that has no sense of rsponsibility and no sense of respect for even their own mothers. Well done Parliament for expressing your horror, you have really served your nation well.

  • Ivan Overton - 2012-04-21 23:36

    Why does our cabinet feel that it is necessary to "condemn" this gang rape? Are there forms of rape (gang or otherwise) that are OK? What's next, are they going to condemn famine, earthquakes and cancer too? What kind of mindset would lead to such a bizarre statement, do they think normal people actually have to be REMINDED that rape is bad? For f###'s sake, enough is enough - stop posturing and sprouting these embarrasing inanities, and LEAD like you are supposed to!

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