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Gang-raped teen's mom goes home

2012-05-11 18:31

Johannesburg - The mother of a Soweto teenager filmed being gang raped has returned to her Bramfisherville, Soweto, home from an abused women's centre, an official said on Friday.

She was welcomed back by Gauteng Social Development MEC Nandi Mayathula-Khoza and the Bramfisherville residents on Thursday, said social development spokesperson Sello Mokoena.

The mother was admitted to a centre for abused women shortly after news of the rape surfaced on April 18. She received trauma counselling, was treated for stress and given a full medical examination.

"[We] will continue rendering counselling and [the] services of a psychologist to the entire family of seven," said Mokoena

The family would be given a transport allowance to attend counselling sessions.

The teenage girl was still staying in a place of safety, where she was moved shortly after the gang rape was reported.

"We... urge you as the community of Bramfisherville to unite against crime and also to unite in supporting this family during this trying time," said Mayathula-Khoza.

She said the department was determined to fight abuse, in partnership with NGOs, business and churches.

"We urge communities to participate in our parenting and prevention of sexual abuse skills programmes, as well as to take part in our education and awareness creation campaigns," said Mayathula-Khoza.

Comments
  • Oscar - 2012-05-12 07:31

    Isn't this ANC government ashamed of the fact that there are still such poor people living in South Africa that haven't even got the means to pay for transport to attend counselling? It seems that the word "shame" is also not a word found in our indigenous languages.

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