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Minors in court over gang rape video

2012-05-03 13:06

Johannesburg - The bail application of four minors, arrested after the gang rape of a 17-year-old mentally impaired Soweto girl, started in the Roodepoort Magistrate's Court on Thursday morning.

The bail applications by the youths, one aged 13 and three aged 17, would be held in camera.

At a previous court appearance, National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga said the State would oppose bail.

The four boys and three men, who matched the descriptions of rapists shown in a cellphone video of the attack, were arrested in Dobsonville, Soweto on April 17. The video spread via the internet on April 18.

Full prosecution

The NPA announced at a previous court appearance that three of the four youths would face full prosecution.

"All the accused persons, including the three minors, will appear in court together. They will not be diverted [to a programme for young offenders]," Mhaga said.

"In respect of the fourth minor, the 13-year-old, we still have to determine his criminal capacity. Remember, between the ages of 7 and 14 they are presumed to be criminally incapable."

The seven face several counts of rape, sexual assault, engaging the sexual services of a minor for reward, using a minor to create child pornography, committing a sexual act in the presence of a minor, and committing a sexual act in the presence of an adult, Mhaga said.

They also face charges of creating, possessing and distributing child pornography.

The case against the three men, one aged 18 and two aged 19, has been postponed until June 20 for further investigation. The men did not apply for bail.

Unlike the previous court appearances, there were no protesters outside the building on Thursday.

Comments
  • Ferdie Van Der Merwe - 2012-05-03 13:11

    Let them burn in hell!!!

  • i.see.a.cupcake - 2012-05-03 13:15

    castrate them

  • Christine - 2012-05-03 13:24

    I hope they all get raped in jail!

  • dynamitecandy - 2012-05-03 13:30

    Disgusting things ( I can't called them people as what human are so disturbed like that) like them shouldn't be allowed to feel the sun on their skin again, they must suffer.

  • Bryan - 2012-05-03 13:31

    Sick little barbarians... throw the book at them!!

  • Thololo - 2012-05-03 13:33

    lets give them a second chance in life guys,they are still young.

      Ferdie Van Der Merwe - 2012-05-03 13:35

      Are you serious? What about a second chance for the victim? She will never get one. She begged them not to do it. They didn't listen. Why should we??? Let them burn in hell!!!

      Deon - 2012-05-03 14:10

      Okay, but only after 25 years in jail. Rape is a serious crime.

  • Olivia - 2012-05-03 13:40

    Between the ages 7 and 14 you are not able to become a criminal, think like a criminal or act like one. Interesting, if you start looking at kids killing kids maybe the smart ass who wrote that should get his degree revoked.

      Twain - 2012-05-03 16:43

      Put a bunch of them together and remove authority, then add some wayward influence and *boom* Lord of the Flies.

  • Thololo - 2012-05-03 13:52

    but guys between the age 7 and 14 what really can u plan at that age and give it some thoughts and do it on purpose?

      Ferdie Van Der Merwe - 2012-05-03 14:01

      I agree with you Paul. No one can actually defend or justify this. Please please bring them to me. They will never be able to see a female again. I seriously will destroy their ability to see and have a erection!!!

      Deon - 2012-05-03 14:09

      He could have said no.

      odupreez - 2012-05-03 14:17

      If it had been your daughter would you have made this comment?

      Abbi - 2012-05-03 14:22

      Tholo, do you have any females in your family? Now imagine that your mother or sister or aunty or cousin went through what this girl has gone through not by one man but by a gang of men and if you still feel the way that you do, I would reccommend that you speak to someone for professional help.

      Bryan - 2012-05-03 14:28

      Thololo.. These disgusting pigs family of yours I guess?? Stupid ass moron!!

      Carla - 2012-05-03 14:32

      If you actually read the article, you'll see that only one of these thugs is 13. 3 are 17 and the other 2 are 18 and 19. At 17, you are definitely old enough to know that raping anyone, never mind someone who has the mental capacity of a 5 year, is very, very wrong.

      Nadine - 2012-05-03 14:35

      If the victim was your daughter, Would you really feel the same? She pleaded with them to stop. They showed no mercy , instead they thought it was funny. They were so brazen about their crime the videod it for all to see. If they get off now - there will be plenty more videos of rapes floating around.

  • dianne.hartley.9 - 2012-05-03 14:40

    Name, shame and plaster the media with their photo's. These litlle p**cks deserve everything thats coming, even mob justice.

  • Adgjm - 2012-05-03 14:54

    LEAVE THE BOYS ALONE' THAT GIRL IS NOT MENTALLY ILL BEACAUSE SHE WOULD BE SENT TO A SCHOOL FOR THE MENTALLY HANDICAPED AND IF SHE REALLY WAS MENTALLY ILL , HER MOTHER WOULD NOT WAIT AS LONG AS 3 WEEKS TO REPORT HER ONLY BECAUSE SHE SAW THE VIDEO OF THE FORNICATION. THOSE BOYS ARE USED TO DOING THAT JUST ASK WHY THEY EVEN RECORDED IT. THE MOTHER SHOULD HAVE MADE SURE HER DAUGHTER WAS SAFE WITH HER

      Ferdie Van Der Merwe - 2012-05-03 14:58

      Please go and talk your crap somewhere else. Maybe you were part of this sick act? I can't believe there are actually people like you. You should rot in jail with those sick little s@&ts!!!

      janine.arulnathan - 2012-05-03 15:01

      The mother should have made sure she was safe and shouldnt have taken so long to report it...but that does under NO CIRCUMSTANCE justify rape. Whether the person has full mental capacity or not rape is rape. They deserve to be punished for what they have done!

      Carla - 2012-05-03 15:21

      You're an idiot.

  • Michaele - 2012-05-03 14:56

    Let them ride on the BMW bike for 40 miles, end up with an erection for 20 months, but lock them in a cell with their hands tied behind their backs. See them in pain!!!!

  • thandi.ngcukana - 2012-05-03 20:58

    Sick twisted little f****ng pricks,they really need to be castrated, and killed, slow painful deaths, and this crap wont happen again

  • yatin.vanmari - 2012-05-04 04:24

    Released on bail? Not surprised on SA's laws!Let them be hanged and excluded from society !!!

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