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Teen gang-raped by classmates

2012-03-08 12:31

Durban - Four South Coast teenagers face criminal charges after they allegedly gang-raped a schoolmate, filmed the attack and circulated the footage among fellow pupils.

Police are still looking for a fifth boy who took part in the rape.

A source told The Witness the 16-year-old victim had been intoxicated and only learned of the film when she saw herself in it at school this week.

“Her mother was called to school and fainted when she saw the footage,” the source added.

When a staff member got wind of the scandal, she called the police who came to the school on Tuesday.

No condoms

Three boys, aged 15, 16 and 17, were arrested. Another 17-year-old handed himself over on Wednesday.

“When the officers arrived [at the school] they confiscated a cellphone, which clearly depicts persons performing sexual acts on the victim, who apparently had passed out,” said police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Zandra Wiid.

They were told that the girl and several boys played truant last Thursday, bought liquor and went to the Port Shepstone beachfront.

“This is where the girl allegedly got intoxicated and passed out. Thereafter five boys started performing the sexual acts on her,” said Wiid.

“A video recording of the incident was made and later distributed to other cellphones.”

A person who viewed the footage and asked to remain anonymous described it as “traumatising and disgusting”.

The source said the girl appeared to be drugged and drunk.

“It was like she was asleep while these boys were having sex with her. No condoms were used,” said the source.

In terms of the Child Justice Act, which deals with children in conflict with the law, the teens will appear before a preliminary inquiry, similar to a first appearance in court.

The date has still to be confirmed and a probation officer will submit an assessment report.

'Unabating trend'

The incident is the latest in what National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga described as an “unabating trend” in the past two years.

He warned that the NPA “intends to become very serious with its prosecutions”.

He warned that in addition to rape, the teens could also be charged with the illegal production, distribution and possession of child pornography.

Mhaga said the NPA had embarked on an educational project, teaching children at schools about the contravention of the Sexual Offences Act and of underage sexual activities.

Joan van Niekerk, national manager for training and advocacy at Childline, said the law needed to take a stronger line with this type of crime.

“It is happening far too frequently in South Africa and that is a great concern.

“Very often these perpetrators are never brought to book. There is always a problem with the investigation and they get away.”

Van Niekerk called for “a rapid and thorough investigation in this case”.

“The offenders must be publicly dealt with.”

She said children in South Africa were being brought up in communities and families where crime was prevalent. “They start to act out their personal experiences.”

She said children were also exposed to lots of crime in the media.

Breakdown in family values

Childline’s KZN director, Linda Naidoo, said the trauma of the alleged rape was compounded by the fact that it had been filmed.

“Once it is out there in cyberspace it is uncontrollable and there is no end to the stigma attached to it.”

Naidoo put such behaviour down to the “major decline in values in society”.

“The breakdown in family values, dysfunctional family units and relationships have caused children to have no moral values.”

In August last year charges were dropped against three pupils from Jules High School in Johannesburg after a similar incident at the end of 2010. While it involved consensual sex and the girl was also arrested, one of the boys faced a charge of statutory rape.

The NPA thought the pupils had been rehabilitated after successfully completing a “diversion” programme in terms of the Child Justice Act.

Comments
  • Janice - 2012-03-08 12:37

    SICK!!! SICK!!! SICK!!!

      Frank - 2012-03-08 13:39

      Who on earth films themselves committing a crime and then distributes it? These kids are not only pure filth and rubbish, they are f£$%ing stupid too. We need a public naming and shaming, the message needs to be spread that this sort of behaviour is unacceptable and wrong. You have to wonder what sort of background the kids come from for them not to know that what they did was wrong.

      springbokke - 2012-03-08 13:54

      ''IF THEY CAN COMMIT THE CRIME , THEY CAN DO THE TIME''

      taitminx - 2012-03-08 14:08

      well with cops and prison officers filming themselves, its not so shocking

      Thando - 2012-03-08 14:19

      This is the society the liberal culture has given us. Keep putting American media on our TV's - that's how kids are brought up today - education by warped American TV shows.

      Simon - 2012-03-08 15:23

      Thando.... that is nonsense. It is down to parenting and schooling.

      shudusO - 2012-03-08 16:20

      Its not a crime to them...that is why they distributed it! If they have fones that can take videos probably they can view what ever they want from the internet

      Penny - 2012-03-08 19:29

      Thando has a point. Don't assume that today's liberal free-for-all culture is not impacting young people's thinking. It is. Where do they get these ideas from? I won't blame American/western whatever, but society as a whole is losing serious moral ground. The end is nigh

      Thando - 2012-03-08 19:38

      @Simon - the parents are normally at work - the kid is raised by the TV , and anything goes on our TV screens.

      Spyker - 2012-03-08 20:27

      This is what happens.., 1. When you have a sex-crazed buffoon as the president of your country. 2. A legal system that is hideously soft on "under-aged" crime. 3. A police force that is nothing other than the armed-wing of a ruling regime - not a bona-fide police service (to the community). Expect it to get worse - much worse...

      Mattewis - 2012-03-09 07:28

      What is sick, is that they cannot be held criminally liable! You've said it, shudusO: At their age LEGALLY IT ISN'T A CRIME, as they get to go home to Mommy & Daddy when they should actually be in jail! When you're 17 years and 11 months old, you are a child. At midnight on your eighteenth birthday, you suddenly transform to adulthood! What bollocks! Rapists & murderers should get the gallows, even if they are "just" 15!

      Michelle - 2012-03-09 08:20

      What is sick Mattewis is that these kids did not think that they were doing anything wrong. If they did they would not have advertised what they did. Moral decay of society...

      WotzisName - 2012-03-09 08:29

      These boys should be locked up now before their cowardly mentality takes them to do more, and worse crimes, which they will be more careful about getting caught next time! The parents should also be named and shamed! But I also believe the system is to blame, there is just no discipline with kids anymore!

      holls.ann - 2012-03-09 12:21

      Lay off the blame game...its not American tv. These "kids" are old enough to know the difference between right and wrong. I hope they not only get jail time, but some courses on how to be decent human beings.

      sabongam - 2012-06-07 09:50

      Although this a disgusting and horrendous incident, somehow it's good that they filmed themselves committing it...It's hard evidence which is irrefutable. Now for justice to take it's course and then for the keys to be thrown far, far away so that these little scumbags can grow up behind bars which is something that they truly deserve.

  • Nigel - 2012-03-08 12:40

    wow, disgraceful!!!

      Jason - 2012-03-09 22:36

      Disgustingd

  • Den - 2012-03-08 12:41

    welcome to knowing the other side of the new south africas population.

      Ian - 2012-03-08 13:57

      @ Kgomotso Radise - that is a good question. The best answser I can give you is that they learn from their leaders. They have witnessed that one doesn't needto answer for your crimes or mistakes. In the real world, without the luxury of power and/or money, you will have to answer for those mistakes. What they don't realise is that one day when they die they woudl have to, whether you believe or not.

  • Den - 2012-03-08 12:42

    lshame they still trying to be learnas

  • Lauren - 2012-03-08 12:42

    What I cannot get my head around is (okay, accepting they are twisted to start with) that you (as a rapist) would send this footage to your friends and classmates??

      Tokelo MediaOwner Fako - 2012-03-08 12:46

      sick sick

      Alan - 2012-03-08 12:58

      I think rapists have very poor self worth, and they try to boost their egos' in ways like this.

      Angela - 2012-03-08 13:22

      Exactly.. wow.. I'm stunned. How is this even imagined to be acceptable behaviour??

      mikz24 - 2012-03-09 09:19

      moral decay of children today.

      chris.faurie - 2012-03-09 12:09

      Just a question. If one of the boys passed out, would he have been sexually assaulted?

  • Ally - 2012-03-08 12:44

    All the parents should be rounded up and charged with child neglect/abuse etc, including the girl's mother/parents. Scare the hell out of them all and perhaps a few of the other parents will take note and take responsibility for their kids.

      Trevor - 2012-03-08 12:54

      Take it you've never had kids or, your kids were just never caught or, you forgot what it was like as a teenager or, you were one of those prudes/nerds who were sheltered during their teen years. Point is, NO parent can protect their kids from EVERY decision they make, be it good or bad, all you can do is support them as best you can when it does go wrong and it WILL at some stage, that is part of grwoing up.

      Schmee - 2012-03-08 12:59

      and let the kids go free??? When are the kids going to take responsibility for their own bad behaviour?

      Ally - 2012-03-08 13:37

      Trevor, I have a child and put a lot of time and energy into bringing him up with a sense of responsibility, morality, ethics. I know what is like to be a teen (and was not a nerd then) and a parent (and have never been a prude) and it appears that I also know how to bring up a child to be a model citizen, not a drunken thug. And Schmee: Yes, the kids should also all take responsibility -- they're old enough to know right from wrong and know that there must be consequences.

      TBlogger - 2012-03-08 13:39

      Parents can instill the best values in their children, teach them right from wrong but it is up to the child to live correctly. Its not as if these kids are small, they well beyond the age of reason. BullSh#t that the parents should be held responsible, you can only teach your children so much. The rest is up to them.

      Gungets - 2012-03-08 13:57

      Kids are TAUGHT to take responsibility. It starts at home, finish and klaar. And yes, I have a 17 year old daughter and a 14 year old son. They take full responsibility for their actions, but I (hope I) have equiped them to make the right decisions. A 16 year old girl, playing truant from school, going to get drubk with 6 teenage boys - sorry, the parents have taught her absolutely nothing.

      Karin - 2012-03-08 13:59

      My dad is one of the most strictest people I have ever met in my life!! And he's also the best dad in the world. Did that stop me from making mistakes in my life - NO! I agree with Trevor - it is part of growing up. But I also agree with Ally! Parents should also be held responsible. I have actually been saying this for some time now. If a child commits a crime like this, the child and the parents should be held responsible. If the outcome of an investigation reveals that the parents were present in the child's life and a positive influence on the child - the parents did their job “properly” - those parents get "off " and the child can be held responsible for their actions on their own. But, if the investigation reveals that the parent(s) were absent in the children’s lives to ensure a moralised upbringing – the parents are just a guilty as those children. This includes run-away dads AND moms.

  • Jeslin Bekker - 2012-03-08 12:45

    Sick! Disgusting! Twisted little bastards!!!

      Amanda - 2012-03-09 13:13

      ja wat! do u really think it was her first time she had sex.these young horny girls look for trouble.im not saying its right what happened to her, but why was she drinking with them .shouldnt she be @home or @school getting educated and become something in life. no . thy rather wane have fun and catch on nonsense and when trouble strikes thy wane blame the world.so please girls .

      fernibat - 2012-03-09 15:44

      Amanda - you're making an awful amount of assumptions instead of focussing on the facts. You don't know exactly how she came to be in the situation she ended up in and regardless of what she has or has not done in the past, these little snotkop scumbags had NO right to do what they did! FACTS! FACTS! FACTS!

  • Tokelo MediaOwner Fako - 2012-03-08 12:45

    SMH.. and they're are supposed to be husband's and fathers one day..

      Merven - 2012-03-09 07:50

      'SMH.. and they're are supposed to be husband's and fathers one day..' Hell, even possible presidents and youth league leaders.

      Klipkop - 2012-03-09 12:35

      They might be already, not shooting blanks at that age.. but yes agree with, freaking sick stuff.

  • Rofras - 2012-03-08 12:45

    speechless..was she the only girl?..poor girl.

      Wendy - 2012-03-08 13:08

      It seems that the "poor" girl was with several boys, and they got drunk, her included. She has to share the blame for the situation.

      Lauren - 2012-03-08 13:21

      Something is severely wrong with you Wendy. Maybe you're a troll, maybe you have no soul, maybe you have no brain. Whatever it is, get yourself sorted out. (Personal again)

      Kevin - 2012-03-08 13:26

      Wendy - does that mean that every girl who gets drunk is to blame if raped. Bullsh#t .

      Lucia - 2012-03-08 13:38

      Wendy it seems that you and me are getting a lecture by lady with a lot of "knowledge".

      Schmee - 2012-03-08 13:56

      Wendy, I think she is already regretting her stupid decision so I don't think she needs to take more blame. I can bet you she will never trust a group of guys ever again. Just think about what she must be going through now. But obviously the boys still think it was funny.

      Schmee - 2012-03-08 14:01

      And just one other thing Wendy, it's attitudes like that that prevent women from admitting that they have been raped. Almost every woman has done something stupid in her past where with hindsight if she was in the wrong company things could have gone horribly wrong.

      Kameomaua - 2012-03-08 14:06

      @ Aneeqah: don't be naive. You don't bunk school - you don't buy alcohol when you're underaged - you don't go to an obviously relatively deserted area on the beach - as a girl with 5 boys - and then get motherlessly drunk. She is as guilty as they are.

      Alex - 2012-03-08 14:06

      Wendy, share responsibility !? It's attitudes like this that contribute to people getting away with such violence. A victim should also be held accountable for their role in a crime against them. So victims ask for it then? Let's apply your belief that a victim shares the blame to other situations, after all, if a victim is to blame in one instance, then all victims are to blame in all instances..... Drunks girls and women in short skirts ask to be raped. Babies in nappies, children who sit on adults laps or wearing a swimming costume ask to be abused by pedophiles. People who are murdered at home or hijacked are also to blame simply because they drive a vehicle or own a house? You know, if a woman is raped in say Dubai, and she has had even a sip of alcohol, the rapist gets off, and in some cases receives a few hundred lashings for being alone with a man... Sounds like the type of place that would suit you...

      Shannon - 2012-03-08 14:15

      Was not going to respond but saw Wendy's comment and have to! WTF Wendy - this coming from a woman. Yes, she was irresponsible - but that is no reason or excuse for rape. Seriously! I had a similar thing happen to me when I was 18 and totally legless from too much beer. My fault? I think not! If I am lying on the street, naked and passed out from drinking - that still gives no excuse or reason for rape. I would expect, in a civilised society, for persons who encounter me in that way to help me not rape me. I hope you or your daughter never have to go through this. I suppose that you are one of these persons who believe that a woman in a mini skirt is asking to be raped. Sies!

      Grant - 2012-03-08 14:43

      @all you people attacking Wendy - get real!! I agree that nobody DESERVES to be raped, but each and every individual is still responsible to some degree for their own safety. I SHOULD be able to walk around alone at night, wearing gold chains and counting my R200 notes in plain sight in the middle of Hillbrow, Point Road, or the Cape Flats. I do not DESERVE to be mugged and robbed of my belongings... but would you people HONESTLY not hold me partly responsible for my predicament? This is a young girl, deciding to bunk school, go out with a bunch of horny boys with no other girls, then get drunk with them (where inhibitions are lost at the best of times)...and do all this with a bunch of kids who are OBVIOUSLY no-good...and then expect that she should be safe? The boys need to be punished to the fullest... the girl IS a victim... but dont come with that rubbish that she should hold NO responsibility for HER actions. She was STUPID!

      Alex - 2012-03-08 15:08

      Grant people don't wak around Hillbrow laden with jewelry and money, because they know it is unsafe. However if they are attacked, they are not to blame! How was this girl to know that by doing what she did, bunking school, having some alcohol with a group of her peers, people she saw everyday at school and probably know well, would result in her being gang raped and a video of the incident being distributed? She was acting as rebellious teenagers do with people she knew.

      Grant - 2012-03-08 15:19

      @Alex - let me put it to you this way: If ONE guy got the girl alone, did something underhanded and sneaky, and hid it, then I could believe that maybe he APPEARED to be a decent guy, but really wasn't. The fact that ALL FIVE GUYS participated in this act, coupled with the fact that they distributed the footage afterwards (ie. unashamed of their actions), tells me that if she KNEW them, she would have known that they are not trustworthy guys, and at very least should have made sure one other girl was present. On the other hand, if she did NOT know these guys, then she had no business being out drunk with them! There's a very big difference between trusting somebody who comes acroos as a good-guy, and trusting somebody (or a group) who comes across as bad-@sses.

      Lauren - 2012-03-08 15:37

      Grant, many, if not most, rape survivors are attacked by people they know and would consider friends, sometimes loved ones (such as partners, fathers, etc). You too are laying a portion of the blame at this girl's door and you too are utterly wrong.

      Riëtte - 2012-03-08 15:38

      @ wendy, so just because she got drunk with kids she thought were her friends she somehow was looking for it? I'm sick of this mentality that if you as woman just put a toe out of line it's your fault for getting raped. The boys are disgusting little creeps who abused a passed out girl! Why blame her?

      Grant - 2012-03-08 16:46

      @Lauren and Riette: So are you two going to be the kind of mothers who teaches their daughters that its okay to go out drinking with a bunch of boys and not worry about her safety? Or when you find out that she was mindlessly drunk with a group of boys, you are NOT going to reprimand her, because it's perfectly reasonable for her to assume that she is safe? If you ARE, then you shouldnt have kids, because they will live in harm's way! If, however, you will teach your girl to be careful, and get angry when she behaves recklessly, then you HAVE to acknowledge that the girl did exactly that - acted recklessly and put herself in harm's way. The boys' actions were inexcusable, and rape will never be okay, but the girl put herself into a vulnerable position. The two are not mutually exclusive!

      Grant - 2012-03-08 16:51

      @Lauren - I do know that many rapes are at the hands of trusted people... but like I said earlier, the actions of these boys suggests that they do not even portray a sense of trustworthiness. It seems that they are quite easily distinguishable as rubbishes! Getting mugged outside my accountant's office is vastly different from being mugged in Hillbrow. Neither mugging is okay, but one of the two I should have known better!

      Lauren - 2012-03-08 17:13

      What you're doing here Grant is laying a level of blame at the victim's door. I would want my child to be safe, I would do all that I can (without locking her up her entire life) to keep her safe. But given that this is the actual world, where teenagers do rebellious things like drink and skip school, if my child were to end up getting drunk with a bunch of boys and she were violated, all my rage would go into making sure those boys face the appropriate measure of justice. And I would do my utmost to heal my child. And I would make sure that she knows that she was not to blame for others deciding to do the wrong.

      Alex - 2012-03-08 17:37

      Grant, interesting alternatives given to Wendy and Riette. Are you the type of father who will teach his son that it is ok to take advantage and rape girls when they are unconscious and alone with them? Or show all your friends the video boasting that the girl should have known better? (Fallacy of argument technique - extreme alternatives) Tell me, how was it obvious that the boys would gang rape her and distribute footage of it? Did they have tattoos on their foreheads saying "rapist and videographer"

      Wendy - 2012-03-08 20:29

      To all my detractors - I think there is nothing so demeaning to a woman as to assume that she should not act responsibly because if something like rape happens it will always be a man's fault. I know that rape happens in all sorts of circumstances, eg to elderly women, to women who dress decently, by people in their own families, etc. That, however, does not mean that women should not do what they can to lessen the possibility. The fact remains that there are circumstances where women are more likely to be raped, be it by how they dress, what company they keep, how they talk and act, what places they go to, etc. If your body is not public property, don't show it off. If you hear your "friends" talking about women in a way which suggests that they are "sexy", don't be surprised when sex "happens". If you act in an enticing or inviting way, don't be surprised when someone accepts the "invitation". Actions speak louder than words! Saying all that doesn't mean that I condone rape. Not at all. BUT, there are circumstances which, if you ALLOW yourself to get into them, and you are raped, you have to accept, at least, part of the responsibility. Grant Callaway seems to be the voice of reason here.

      Tasmee - 2012-03-08 22:22

      I have a 16 year old teenage daughter and a 14 year old son. I completely support you guys Wendy and Grant. My kids are aware of the fact that there are ever increasing dangers out there, it is something we speak about all the time. I know all their friends, monitor their facebook activities and know where they are at any given time.I am also fircely old fashioned and conservative. It irritates them but they would not compromise their safety because they know better than to lie to me.

      cara.crouse - 2012-03-08 22:28

      I am sorry but to say that she has blame is just retarded. I am a girl who only has a guy friends. I do not get a long with other girls. I have had drinks with my guy friends, I have at the odd time to much to drink and they helped me home. I trust my guy friends with my life and would never in a million years image them doing to me what they did to her, so you cannot say just because she kept company of men that she is guilty of being raped. And by saying that she is guilty of rape makes me speechless!

      cara.crouse - 2012-03-08 22:40

      I agree that in some cases women dress improperly. But how can you justify that just because they wear revealing clothes that that gives the right for a man to put his hand on her and rapes her. That is like saying that while a man holds a gun to my head and pulling the trigger and staling my purse is justified because I walked with my purse in public - that by walking with my purse in public I invited him to take it. No person has the right to rape you, to hurt you regardless of what you do, how you dress.

      Wendy - 2012-03-09 08:01

      Cara, NO-ONE is saying that men have a right to rape based on how a woman is dressed. What I am saying is, BE REALISTIC. The fact remains, whether or not you like it, that the chances of being raped are more likely in certain circumstances. If you don't take cognisance of that fact, don't cry afterwards.

      Michelle - 2012-03-09 08:31

      @Shannon, you hit the nail on the head "in a civilised society" you wouldn't expect that to happen HOWEVER we do not live in a "civilised society" and one would expect these streetwise teens to be aware of that, people no longer have empathy, respect, consideration for their fellow man so, while this girl did not deserve to have been raped she maybe should have been cautious with regard to what she was getting up to, and who knows what was going on before she passed out... not that it excuses what happened to her though!

  • myburghjennifer - 2012-03-08 12:47

    Who sold the liqueur to these kids?? What is a 16 year old doing drinking until she passes out. One of these boys are 15 years old and his doing that. What the hell is going on in the country???

      Tokelo MediaOwner Fako - 2012-03-08 12:49

      You talk as if its only happening in SA, go everywhere in the world and you will see this happening. Lets not belittle our country please..

      wynand.bothma - 2012-03-08 13:31

      Tokelo, true, but we are proud South Africans and there are still people (believe it or not) that actually expect better from the country / society we live in. Some still believe this type of behavior is reserved for places like Central Africa etc. If something like this happen in Europe / America, it would be WORLD NEWS! And all over CNN etc. In SA, this type of news is starting to get trivial.

      Ally - 2012-03-08 13:39

      They shared the booze; they must share the responsibility and blame.

      Bennie - 2012-03-09 08:01

      Most probably bought in a shabeen, that has been legalised by our government...

  • Lana-May - 2012-03-08 12:48

    This is disturbing!!!

  • arthurbrigg - 2012-03-08 12:52

    These kids are old enough to know what rape is, I say throw the full book of law at them and put them all in jail for 10 years each. None of this nancy pansy "community work" and "house arrest". If it were my son I would disown him and encourage the law to prosecute him to the fullest extent possible. If it were my daughter... well I'd be the one in jail after finishing off those 5 sick brats.

      Adino - 2012-03-08 13:19

      As a father, i almost agree with you 100% - however, i have a few questions: 1. What kind of 16yr old girl cuts school with 5 boys? 2. Nowhere in the article does it mention whether she was forced to consume the alcohol - so can we assume that maybe she did so willingly - & if so, again I ask what sort of 16yr old girl drinks till she passes out? I'm not excusing these animals in any way - i just think there are some facts missing from this story, & until all is made clear I'd limit my judgment to saying this is another sad indicator of social & moral decay in our country. We should go back to the old ways of beating sense into our kids - they're too young to have the priveledges they have today & we're too soft on their mismanagement of those priveledges.

      arthurbrigg - 2012-03-08 14:01

      Hey I grew up in a reasonably stable family, but was a naughty bugga. I was getting drunk at 16 and smoked some weed and bunked school often. Any girls that joined us however, weren't raped or abused in any way - in fact the exact opposite, we made sure we looked after the girls so they wouldn't come to any harm. It's one thing being a "rebel" or "naughty" bunking school and drinking, it's a completely different thing to rape. If a girl passes out from drinking too much of her own choice, that's not an excuse for her to get raped by "friends" from school. I agree on your last point though, corporal punishment should be allowed, these kids are getting more out of hand by the day.

      Alex - 2012-03-08 14:14

      Adino, you are doing exactly that! What kind of 16 year old cuts school? Um most...Or drinks alcohol? Most? Attacking and judging the victim hey? And so what if she drank willingly. Find a teenager who wouldn't have some alcohol. In terms of the law, it is considered rape if you have sex with a drunk woman because she can not understand the consequences of her consent while intoxicated. What type of boy has sex with an unconscious girl, at any age!?

      Adino - 2012-03-08 16:51

      Alex, i do agree with your sentiments. I think maybe i wasn't clear - I DO NOT condone what has happened here. My point is not to attack the victim. My point is to attack the lack of moral behaviour & simple un-common "common-sense". A million things could have been done differently here - but they were not. I am convinced it is ALL our responsibility to understand the causes & remove them so horrible incidents like these don't perpetuate themselves in our society. This is not fact but it is my opinion & I am therfore entitled to it: A good few smacks from your parents in a loving, nurturing way (not psycho abusive) goes a long way in teaching you respect for yourself & others. Kids today have no fear & there-in lies the problem. People think that fear is a bad thing - i beleive that fear when handled correctly & administered responsibly can lead to positive things. Fearlessnes in our children, although sometimes good, can also be sometimes very bad. These kids wouldn't have done this if they were afraid of consequences. They wouldn't have done it if they understood the concept of "consequence" Somewhere - a parent should be responsible for teaching his/her child the value in understanding consequence

      Bennie - 2012-03-09 08:11

      Unfortunately, due to lack of role models, some kids do not/ cannot distinguish between right & wrong. To us it's rape. To them it's casual sex / fun. It really pi$$e$ me off that everybody cries fowl, and tomorrow it happens again, and again, and again. In a week's time, most of us would have forgotten about this incedent, the legal system will fail the victim, the thugs walk free & more kids believe that it's OK. There was a similar post a couple of weeks ago about corrective/industrial schools. We are talking about children, that need to be disciplined, Oh, I forgot, we're not allowed to spank them anymore. I get it, protect their civil rights, so they destroy other's civil rights!!! Sounds familiar, next year they'll be able to vote too!!

  • Alan - 2012-03-08 12:57

    THis is becoming a sick sick world... and I agree wholeheartledly that broken down family strucures are largely to blame. You cannot police your kids all of the time, but if they grow up knowing right from wrong in supportive family environments, they stand a much better chance. Sadly, the only qualification needed to be a parent, is the ability to procreate.

      Mildly_Amused - 2012-03-08 15:25

      True, but also keep in mind that you can ,do your best to bring your children up properly, but if they get involved with the wrong crowd... all you can do is hope for the best.

  • Tokelo MediaOwner Fako - 2012-03-08 12:57

    it is just dawned to me right now that this boys have tainted their future because of stupid lust-filled idea.. some parents can't be blamed, you will usually find some of this kids grew up in a loving women respecting households.. just a thought!

      Alan - 2012-03-08 13:08

      Yeah - but there are lots of reasons other than parents too. We condone pornography on TV's, we have laws to protect kids from discipline in schools, we make teaching religion in schools unconstitutional, we have utter immorality on or screens.... and these things all contribute. It is basically mostly all a breakdown of morals and family structures. Yet we defend the right to have access to these evils, saying that it our own choice. Sadly, by our choices, kids also manage to get exposured and affected.

      Alan - 2012-03-08 13:21

      exposed, I mean

  • elsabe.wessels1 - 2012-03-08 12:59

    This is truly shocking. This is new generation kids who is doing this. If this is what our future generation holds, hope is lost. Parents have to do start disciplining their children. Morals and ethics still exist, but this shows that kids have no more morals in today's time.

      marcel.flinkdrink - 2012-03-08 13:09

      This is not good, but...these are not only new generation kids doing this, it is the new generation media and cell phones that is making it more visible. Dont pretend the older aged people were angels when they were teen agers. People tend to forget what they did when they were young.

  • Herman - 2012-03-08 13:02

    Cut their balls off in public!!!

  • Johan - 2012-03-08 13:02

    What is wrong with our youths? Malema and his ANCYL should rather focus on issues of general Morality amongst the youth than economic freedom. With youths like this running around there will be no freedom, just jailtime for all of them.

      davemanza - 2012-03-08 13:16

      Morality? From Malema?

  • Aretha - 2012-03-08 13:03

    We have lost our humanity, we are no longer different from wild animals (infact worse). We live in a country where life is cheap, rape is a hobby and AIDS is rampant, it is miracle that we are still overpopulated!!

  • emokgojoe - 2012-03-08 13:03

    Poor girl..i feel for her.

  • Lucia - 2012-03-08 13:03

    May I ask why? Why did she partying with 5 boys!!! Wasn't she seeking for trouble?? Trust nobody!

      Lauren - 2012-03-08 13:11

      Of course. The rape was totally her fault. WTF. (It's personal.)

      Lauren - 2012-03-08 13:15

      And you're a woman? It's ironic that this story is revealed on Int'l Women's Day and you're making this comment on this day too.

      Lauren - 2012-03-08 13:33

      NO. You're still laying a portion of blame at the girl's door. I was an irresponsible teen once. Heck, most of us were. But for that we do not deserve to have a violent act visited upon us and we do not deserve to be blamed in any way for it.

      Lucia - 2012-03-08 13:52

      Now I understand Lauren... I take your personal attack from a woman who knows.....

      Lauren - 2012-03-08 14:03

      Yes Lucia. I empathise because, on occasion, I'd be irresponsible. Find me a young person who hasn't. This. Girl. Still. Does. Not. Deserve. Any. Blame. I hope you don't have children. (By personal, I mean that the comments are on my personal behalf and have nothing to do with my employer, Media24)

      Schmee - 2012-03-08 14:15

      Totally with you on that one Lauren. I've already done my bit commenting on Wendy's comment. Yes Lucia now you have two women lecturing you. Nobody ever deserves to get raped. And this girl is already paying dearly for her bad choice in the company she keeps. Why should she take more blame.

      Lucia - 2012-03-08 14:23

      I do have children Lauren, I also have a daughter and she would never go out with 5 boys unless one of them were her brother. As I say before, these were acts on both sides that should'nt have happen.

      Lucia - 2012-03-08 14:26

      Schmee, if you read more of my comments you will see that I do not agree on their acts.

      Alex - 2012-03-08 14:26

      Lucia, shame on you! She went partying with boys, who were probably her friends!! Your attitude is so offensive... Totally disgusted.

      Schmee - 2012-03-08 14:36

      I did not say that you agree with the boys acts. But you are laying part blame on the girl and that shocks me to the core. I really hope that your daughter never makes a stupid choice. Sadly if she knows about your attitude she will probably never come forward to lay charges. People should stop laying blame on the victim and stop laying blame on the parents but lay it squarely at the feet of the perpetrators otherwise there will never be justice.

      Lauren - 2012-03-08 14:50

      I bet you also believe that women wearing short skirts are to blame for being raped. I will say this one more time in the hopes that it'll penetrate your psyche: A rape survivor (I will not say victim) is NEVER to blame for the violence visited upon her/ him.

      Hanjo - 2012-03-08 16:38

      Lucia, get real, what if your daughter does go out with a guy she likes and a few of his friends, she gets pressured into having a few drinks(not forced, just pressured due to not wanting to feel 'out') - she's obviously not a regular drinker, and therefor the alcohol goes to her head, and the guys take advantage of her... she would firstly be scared to tell you about what happened because she knows in your eyes she's an innocent little girl(and obviously a virgin), if she has any idea that you might partially blame her for what happened she would be even more reluctant to open up to you or anyone else. I'm not sure if you realise this, but the rapist(s) would then walk free to rape once more and you'd be partially to blame... You'd be surprised how many girls have been raped or molested but live with that secret due to fearing how their parents might react.

      Leendert - 2012-03-09 00:08

      @Lauren - YES Lauren. You DO deserve some of what comes your way when you are an irresponsible youth. You are far too eager to always blame theguys and clearly refuse to see the girls' own fault at times. Certainly not always, but sometimes, and certainly here, they ask for trouble. And get it. However wrong that may be.

      Leendert - 2012-03-09 00:10

      @Hanjo - If 'your daughter' isn't brave enough to stand up for her own beliefs, she most certainly does not get a 'get out of jail free card' instead. You decide to get drunk, you loose all control. Simplez.

      Merven - 2012-03-09 08:16

      @Lauren, if I put on a AWB shirt and run through Soweto, who will take the blame for me being assaulted or murdered? Me for being stupid or the locals being violent?

      Lucia - 2012-03-09 09:11

      The comments on speculation of my daughter's reaction and our relationship etc is so far from the truth, and all the people speculated how she would feel towards me are as bizarre as their comments.

      Hanjo - 2012-03-09 11:22

      Lucia, It might be speculation on my part, but it's ignorance on your part. when you said "she would never go out with 5 boys unless one of them were her brother." it showed your obvious expectations re your daughter, you feel she's too 'good' to go out with a couple of guys...like I said in my previous comment, you see her as innocent and incapable of doing something wrong....THAT is the exact reason why she won't tell you when she does do something wrong(like get drunk) specially when that 'wrong' act of hers leads to her being raped....she'll blame herself, just like you would. when in reality, she's the victim.

      Leendert - 2012-03-09 19:59

      @Aneeqah - YOU are missing the point. If a girl is scantily dressed AND gets drunk in the company of a 'bunch' of guys, then YES she is asking to be raped. Not right, but it's akin to me leaving thousands of Rand in the back of my unlocked car and be surprised when it gets stolen. It is WRONG, but I could have AVOIDED getting into trouble in the first place.

  • Shihaam - 2012-03-08 13:03

    getting goose bumps evrywhere... God please protect our kids out there!!! dnt gudge please cause parents are doing their best for where their kids is concern!!! :-(((

  • Veeron Gregory - 2012-03-08 13:10

    they should castrate them and burn a symbol on them so they can be identified in public

  • Yolokazi Lethabo Langeni - 2012-03-08 13:11

    This is tragic because these teens are not even smart enough to be fully aware of the repercussions of their actions... \r\n\r\nOn a side note: I hope this is not Port Shepstone High School, I'd hate to think my school has gone down the dumps like that.

      Merven - 2012-03-09 08:19

      At 15 your're not a dumb child any more, my grand dad went to fight in the Second World War at the age of 16.

  • Nqobile - 2012-03-08 13:14

    that's surely bad,and to say they did not use condoms it shows how stupid,myopic,ignorant to say the least about the dangers of not only Aids but STI as well hope they rot in jail

  • david.lebethe - 2012-03-08 13:14

    There is some measure of sense in what van Niekerk says by suggesting that the offenders must be publicly dealt with. But my fear is that as soon as one calls for public flogging of the perpetrators, people from her community will be the first to say it's inhuman and barbaric and when it is these "inhuman and barbaric" measures which instil human values and serve as an answear to Naidoo's concerns. The fact of teh matter is, our children, unlike us, don't fear police, jails and courts are no longer sacrosanct like before.

  • Anita - 2012-03-08 13:15

    I really worry for my daughter, seems there is nowhere safe anymore

  • Skuiter - 2012-03-08 13:15

    ben, dont know where you get off telling someone they arent a good parent, but im guessing you are a snotnosed brat. So stfu and go watch cartoons before you get spanked.

  • Kevin - 2012-03-08 13:24

    Lucky I am not the father.Those 5 scum would be de penised

  • Brendon - 2012-03-08 13:25

    None of these teenagers are innocent, underage drinking don't think it was the first time they got drunk, secondly bunking school, does the school not keep a register and inform parents when a group of kids are not present. Rape is not excusable and these boys need to be punished but girls do not put yourself in potentially harmful circumstances.

  • alfie.dunn - 2012-03-08 13:26

    I AGREE @BEN. THIS IS ALL TO DO WITH PARENTS THAT DO NOT WATCH THEIR CHILDREN. THESE WERE 6 OUT OF CHARACTER TEENAGERS WHO THOUGHT THEY WERE SMART. LITTLE DID THEY KNOW WHAT THE OUTCOME WOULD BE. THIS IS TOTALLY UNEXCEPTABLE AND I HOPE THAT THIS WILL BE A LESSSON LEARNT.

  • Afrikopite - 2012-03-08 13:26

    Youefoe means You Fool

  • leigh.windvogel - 2012-03-08 13:27

    why was she bunking school in the first place. no sympathy for the teen girl. as for the boys who raped her hope they get theirs. teenagers of today are out of controll because goverment did away with corporal punishment.

      Demi ThugMuffin Seaton - 2012-03-08 13:38

      Really??? Are you being for real??? Did you never ever bunk school, not once?!? And even if you didn't no one is freaking perfect!!! She's a teenager! We do stupid things all the time! Going with guys she obviously trusted and they screwed her over!!!!! This isn't the governments fault, its not her fault! There is no reason for anyone (man or woman) to be put through something as traumatic as rape! So I completely disagree with your opinion. Hope these boys get what's coming to them and the girl lives her life knowing this isn't her fault!

      arthurbrigg - 2012-03-08 14:10

      Those boys should have looked after her, given her water and taken her home to sleep. Instead, they chose to take turns raping her while she was unconscious. The boys were obviously school mates of hers - some "friends" they turned out to be. I hope you don't have kids, you'd make one terrible mother.

      Shannon - 2012-03-08 14:22

      No sympathy for the girl who got raped. What kind of person are you? Punishment for bunking school with a bunch of guys deserves rape. I cannot believe that woman actually think like this. Leigh - you are a pi*s poor excuse for a woman!

      Mildly_Amused - 2012-03-08 16:22

      In an ideal world, no one would ever get raped, no matter what. I wish I lived in this ideal world too, but unfortunately we all know that we don't. I have done stupid things and I have realised what the consequences may be but decided to take the chance and do these things anyway. It does not make it my fault, no. But if something had gone wrong then I guess you could have said that I did know better... If you do silly things then you should know that things can go horribly wrong and that's a chance you take.

  • Audrey - 2012-03-08 13:27

    Disgusting. I am so ashamed that kids so young can do this. Alcohol, is NOT an excuse! You know what you are doing in the moment - you might not remember afterwards, but you sure as hell know what you are doing. Put their faces on the front pages of the newspapers. Disgrace them, so everyone knows what they did and can stay very far away from these sick pigs!

      Anthony - 2012-03-08 13:31

      Audrey, I think we don't truly understand the nature and effects of alcohol, especially on children...

  • leedsunitedfc - 2012-03-08 13:28

    How can they blame technology. Whoever the parents of these kids are are the exact reason for them being this messed up. Humans should be screened before having children.

  • Anthony - 2012-03-08 13:29

    Interesting also how the title is worded: "Drunk" teen gang raped by classmates..", rather than "Drunk kids gang rape classmate" - i.e. implying that it was her fault for getting drunk, rather than the alcohol which causes people to act out of character?

  • michelle.e.magson - 2012-03-08 13:31

    like there's any excuse for this. at least one of those kids had to have known the differenc between right and wrong? morelike they do what they do because they know they can get away with it, or receive minimal punishment. wonder if she will get the blame?

  • gaeleen - 2012-03-08 13:31

    the problem is no discipline at the schools and no discipline at home - a large number of schoolchildren have no respect of authority They do not think of consequences --- In our days we had truant officers and damn we thought really hard before bunking - BECAUSE of what the consequences would be if found out. Now the attitude is so what? What can they do to me? Our parents would be contacted - are theirs? BRING BACK DISCIPLINE AT HOME & AT SCHOOL - not ABUSE - DISCIPLINE............

  • Lucia - 2012-03-08 13:35

    I am a woman Lauren. The rape was not her fault but to drink and get paralysed of it was wreckless and unnecessary. Would you allow your daughter to go to the beach with 5 boys? They should also take responsibility for their actions and when older they might regret this disgusting act for the rest of their life.

      Lucia - 2012-03-08 13:55

      I agree with you, that would have been the right choice. Take her home and tell her parents. These boys were all guilty and as I say, they will regret this disgusting act later in life when they have their own children.

      arthurbrigg - 2012-03-08 14:13

      Lucia - I HIGHLY doubt the parents knew she had bunked school to go get drunk with friends. If you want to blame someone (besides the rapist brats) blame the school for not notifying the parents that their kids were absent.

  • Chantal - 2012-03-08 13:37

    I feel nauseated by their actions...but we shouldn't be shocked cas we are living in the last days and things are going to get so much worst...Lord help us!

  • Tshivhombela Fhatuwani - 2012-03-08 13:41

    Democracy is good but it comes with responsibility and huge price. The availability of drugs and liquor to our youth is killing our nation from inside. Things fall apart the centre cannot hold. Kids can't hear out their parents and parents are no longer in control.

      Silvana - 2012-03-08 14:25

      @Tshivhombela. I don't think democracy has anything to do with this. Rather blame lack of discipline, lack of family values and the ease of acquiring drugs and the supplying of alcohol to minors due to an ineffective police force.

  • Kala - 2012-03-08 13:44

    "He warned that the NPA “intends to become very serious with its prosecutions”." Intends... WTF get with it already. If you were tough from the start maybe we wouldn't have this kind of schitt going on.

  • Michael - 2012-03-08 13:46

    The kind of society that we live in is scary. Parents come home and get swallowed by soapies and other extramurals. Just before kids go to bed they quickly sign school diaries even without checking school work. There's no more round-the-table discussions to pick up what your kids are up to during the day. And there's lots more distractors out there that renders parents to be absent in their kiddies lives. I think whilst we embrace modern world, its gadgets, etc. we must still remember that we brought souls in this world that needs guidance until at least in latter years of tertiary education.

  • Jackie - 2012-03-08 13:48

    The fact that there is so much rape and murder in the media which kids have access to doesn't help either, they starting to believe it's the norm. I agree it does start at home...but...how many households do both parents work all day with long hours, not being able to give that special attention a lot of adults today got when they were young. Life is a survival game at the moment. Yes these teenagers should get dealt with publicly, they have to learn a lesson somehow!!!

  • amien.net - 2012-03-08 13:48

    The problem here and as always, is Alcohol.

      Silvana - 2012-03-08 14:28

      @Amien. No, it's alcohol abuse.

      Merven - 2012-03-09 08:24

      The problem here is the lack of moral fibre. My friends and me drank many times, and we never raped anybody. People always find excuses to blame their sins on, if it is not Satan, it is alcohol, if it is non of the above, it is something else.

  • wealth - 2012-03-08 14:02

    PEOPLE! PUPILS ARE EXPOSED TO PORN VIDEOS ON THE NET.WE SHOULD TRY TEACHING OUR CHILDREN NOT TO SURF THE NET FOR THE WRONG OR ADULT STUFF.THE WORLD IS BEEN ATTACKED BY THE DEVIL SO MOST EVIL STUFF ARE TARGETING TEENAGERS.WE MUST PRAY AND GUIDE THEM WELL.

  • msalim002 - 2012-03-08 14:09

    BAN ALCOHOL , HALF THE PROBLEM SOLVED... CHARGE THOSE THAT GAVE THEM THE ALCOHOL AS WELL!!

  • Ade - 2012-03-08 14:13

    This is one of the SERIOUS crimes in SA they should fight against instead of deporting fellow Africans because of yellow fever card. Yellow fever and AIDS are not comparable.

      Silvana - 2012-03-08 14:34

      @Ade. So you're saying that someone should be allowed to enter this country if he hasn't been vaccinated against Yellow Fever and turn back those with AIDS. Let me tell you, I don't sleep around, nor am I careless when coming into contact with blood, so Yellow Fever is more of a danger to me than AIDS. FFS What has this case got to do with immigration?

      pezeolisa - 2012-03-19 12:07

      the relevance of this comment is what??????????????

  • SpHa S-Jay Jay-Kay - 2012-03-08 14:18

    Sick, why are our teens so pressurised to have sex?? They go as far as this to have sex!

  • Gary - 2012-03-08 14:26

    has anyone watched the movie "KIDS"

      SpHa S-Jay Jay-Kay - 2012-03-08 14:32

      Yeah thts one messed up movie!!

  • alu.ntsandeni - 2012-03-08 14:27

    lock away those animals and throw away the key.