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Minor guilty of Bloemfontein doctor's rape

2010-12-07 19:39

Bloemfontein - The Free State High Court in Bloemfontein on Tuesday found a Lesotho minor guilty of raping and robbing a Free State doctor at the Pelonomi hospital.

This follows after the 16-year-old boy pleaded guilty to the rape and aggravated robbery charges.

The boy's legal counsel Peter van der Merwe read a statement into the court record admitting to the charges the boy faced.

The 35-year-old doctor was on night shift duty at the Pelonomi Hospital when she was overpowered in a ward on October 30.

She was forced into a room and hit over the head with a brick. The boy would be sentenced on March 22 2011 after the court had time to study a State report and that of a social worker.

He will remain in custody at a youth centre in Kroonstad until his next appearance.

Earlier, the National Prosecuting Authority in the Free State withdrew charges against two other men also held in connection with the incident.

No evidence could be found against them. The incident led to wide spread reaction to unsafe working condition for health personnel at public hospitals.

The SA Medical Association called on the minister of health and provincial health MECs to take immediate steps to ensure the safety and security of all personnel working in the public health sector.

"Much about security is said each time such an incident occurs. However it appears that often little is forthcoming in terms of real efforts to address security issues," SAMA said in a statement at the time.

Comments
  • Rina Breed - 2010-12-07 21:18

    How must the government ensure the safety of doctors, health workers and farmers? Lock them up or guard them permanently? Not even bringing back the death penalty is going to teach people respect for life. This is done at home. Where are the families whose duty it is to teach these values?

      Mariette - 2010-12-08 08:02

      I AGREE RINA>> The core problem is exactley that..

  • princess085 - 2010-12-08 08:09

    Okay, why is everything pointed at Blacks, aint there white peeps who commit crimes, forcing minor to do ponography is not a crime rite? shooting ablack person mistakening him for a dog or monkey isnt a creime rite? going on a rampage andkilling every black person you come in contact with is not a crime rite? all thia aint crimes purely and simply because they were conducted by a white person. WHITES are no saints, if i were you people I will stop the blaming game and do something about it. you aint no better than the murdered and rapist.

      Pamela - 2010-12-08 09:38

      I'm white and I'm completely disgusted by the generalizations and outright racism happening in these comments. Who gave these idiots a computer?

      johnbradfield27 - 2010-12-24 19:41

      Sounds to me like you're trying to divert attention away from black criminals. Why would you be doing that?

      francois - 2010-12-30 12:55

      @princess085. This has nothing to do with race, so why are you making it a race game? Not once does the article mention the race of the young boy or the doctor. It is you who are assuming that it was a black boy who did it. Yes, all humans commit terible crimes, irrespective of race or creed, to want to put a lable on them is irrosponsible. And when did you hear about a white person indiscriminately killing black people? Perhaps in apartheid times, but not now. Did you know that the UN classifies white farmers in South Africa as indangered, almost like a rhino would be. My point is this: lets not lable crime on race but on mindset rather. If we dont, then we are working backwards and the "rainbow nation" is nothing but a different hew of blood.

      azishe - 2011-01-13 11:42

      even if they don't mention race, you readers are quick to assume anyway, I bet 80% of you think the boy is black and the doctor is white. black people in this country are still on the back-foot. we get blamed for everything, its just a bad stereotype that apartheid has created, and yes I will blame apartheid forever because the effects of it were planned to last for centuries. the worst criminal is the white man and anybody who supported apartheid, it is because of it that black people are psychologically affected, that's why they rob the white people in the suburbs and not in their townships. racism is still alive, we cant forget about apartheid because 70% of white people still practice apartheid. I don't condone crime at all and I wish all criminals who hurt or kill others deserve to be punished, but I support it when black people still from the white (without having to hurt them). you stole from us what we will never get back!

  • francois - 2010-12-30 10:42

    @princess085. This has nothing to do with race, so why are you making it a race game? Not once does the article mention the race of the young boy or the doctor. It is you who are assuming that it was a black boy who did it. Yes, all humans commit terible crimes, irrespective of race or creed, to want to put a lable on them is irrosponsible. And when did you hear about a white person indiscriminately killing black people? Perhaps in apartheid times, but not now. Did you know that the UN classifies white farmers in South Africa as indangered, almost like a rhino would be. My point is this: lets not lable crime on race but on mindset rather. If we dont, then we are working backwards and the "rainbow nation" is nothing but a different hew of blood.

  • Richie - 2011-01-13 12:48

    The minor admitted guilt and the other two men were acquited due to lack of evidence? This does not gel, what did the minor say, he was all alone. No ways. This should be investigated, they probably offered the minor something knowing that the sentence will be linear than theirs if found guilty.

  • Faerie - 2011-03-25 16:42

    A crime is a crime no matter if the perpetrator is white, black, pink or orange. PLEASE leave the "race card" where it belongs, on the trash heap !! This is a respectable doctor, who was simply performing her duty towards mankind and the appreciation she recieved was been hit on the head with a brick !! Please leave politics out of it.!!

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