Gang-raped girl threatened, beaten

2012-10-24 12:05
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Cape Town - A video showing the gang rape of a 14-year-old Khayelitsha girl is circulating not only at the teenager’s school but also on social networks such as Facebook.

According to West Cape News, the girl has now been threatened by other teenagers at her school for reporting the incident to police.
 
The alleged rape happened last Thursday girl when the she was on her way home from school.

The girl said four boys raped her inside a house while six others encouraged them.

The boys, all aged 14, belong to the Vato gang in Khayelitsha H-Section. Some residents say the gang use rape as a means of recruitment.

Parents deny boys' guilt

In footage shot on a cellphone, the girl can be heard pleading for the boys to stop and let her go home. The incident lasted about an hour, she said.

The girl’s 74-year-old adoptive mother, who she calls “Granny” said what made matters worse was that the mother of one of the alleged rapists said the girl wanted to have sex with the boys.

“It’s clear in the video that she wanted to go home but they would not let her.”

Another resident said the other rapists’ parents also defended their children.

Since the rape, the girl locks herself inside her house every day after school.

“I’m scared to go outside. Last week (on the Friday) I was beaten by one of the [rapist’s] brothers at school. Even their girlfriends (the Vato babes) are after me.

“They said they will wait for me after school and stab me but my grandmother is always waiting for me.”

Boys arrested

The police’s Lieutenant Colonel André Traut confirmed to News24 that all four boys, all aged 14, have been arrested and appeared in the Khayelitsha Magistrate’s Court.

Police also confiscated cellphones which will form part of the investigation, Traut said.

The suspects were all released on R 600 bail and are in their parents’ custody. The case was postponed to November 15 2012.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is requested to contact Constable Asanda Hlana on 082 522 1055 or 021 360 2404.

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