Officials probing rugby player's 'rape'

2012-05-11 10:05
Cape Town - Western Cape education department officials are investigating a claim by a 16-year-old boy that he was sexually assaulted in an initiation ceremony while on a school rugby tour, it was reported on Friday.

The Cape Times quoted spokesperson Paddy Atwell as saying they viewed the complaint in a very serious light.

"Initiation is illegal. We understand that the school has taken action, but we have sent district officials to investigate. The department will decide on what action to take based on the recommendations by the officials."

The attack, which took place on March 17 between pupils of a high school in the city, was filmed on cellphones and circulated.

The boy was allegedly raped with a broom handle and a banana after playing a rugby match against a local school, while camping at Velddrif on the West Coast.

He had sent his mom a 'please call me' from his cellphone after the older boys apparently wanted to shave his head.

The next night, after the victim had gone to sleep, he was allegedly attacked in his bed and sexually assaulted. The attackers also shaved his eyebrows, squirted toothpaste up his nose and drew a phallic object on his forehead.

The victim's parents removed their son from the school and laid a charge at the Bothasig police station on March 20.

Lieutenant Colonel Andre Traut told Sapa the case was investigated by the Vredenburg police.

"The completed case docket was presented to the senior state prosecutor, who declined to prosecute in the matter. The case was subsequently withdrawn."

Drank alcohol


Meanwhile, the boy's father says he is determined to get justice for his son.

The man, who was not named to protect the identity of his son, spoke to the Cape Argus and Cape Talk radio station and said he wanted to make sure something like this never happened again.

The father said the boys had been drinking alcohol after the match and when his son passed out, the other boys had sexually assaulted him.

He said his son had been extremely upset the following morning and had called them in tears.

“He was crying - very, very upset.”

The father reported the matter to the school authorities and police officials visited the family at home, but said there had been no feedback from the school or the education department.  

Cape Argus reporters were informed that the case had been withdrawn by the National Prosecuting authority but it no explanation was given.

An education department spokesperson said the school had suspended some pupils and that the matter was being investigated by the department.

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