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Prayer for gang rape victim

2012-04-22 07:59

Johannesburg - A prayer would be held in Doornkop on Sunday in support of a Soweto gang rape victim and other abused women, the ANC Women's League said.

"This is so we can bring women together and address the issues of women abuse," said spokesperson Troy Martens on Saturday.

"We are inviting all women to come and participate."

She said the league would be praying for the safety of women in South Africa, and those who had been abused.

The midday prayer session would also include an address by Gauteng premier Nomvula Mokonyane.

The premier's office said the event was aimed at fostering tolerance and respect of human rights.

Highlight issues of rape

"It aims to show government and community support and solidarity with the victim and her family and highlight the issues of rape and the need for citizens to partake in efforts that seeks to ensure the scourge of rape is removed from society," said spokesperson Xoli Mngambi.

The prayer meeting will take place at the Block 10 sports ground in Doornkop where the 17-year-old teenager was gang-raped and filmed on a cellphone.

The rape video went "viral" on the internet on Wednesday and was one of the main topics trending on the social networking site Twitter.

After the incident the girl went missing for three weeks.

She was found this week in a 37-year-old man's Braamfischerville home.

He was arrested and appeared in the Roodepoort Magistrate's Court on Friday facing charges of kidnapping and rape. It is alleged that he kept the teenager against her will.

His case was postponed to May 4 for further investigation.

Five other men and two youths matching the descriptions of the rapists in the cellphone video appeared in the same court on Thursday.

The case was postponed until April 25 for further investigation.

Comments
  • Landi - 2012-04-22 08:53

    may God bless everyone involved in this prayer! and may God bless this girl and make her strong!! Amen

  • Leon - 2012-04-22 09:06

    Prayer, the way you can feel better about doing nothing tangible to solve a problem, alleviate pain or anything else for that matter.

  • Themba Troublemaker Mathenjwa - 2012-04-22 09:29

    That's a great things. Thumps up to the Gauteng Provincial Government and the ANCWL. Hence we'll ask our selves why the 17 years old imbecil boy is not included in the prayer. Does this show that in SA we have the spirit of feminism?

  • Themba Troublemaker Mathenjwa - 2012-04-22 09:30

    That's a great things. Thumps up to the Gauteng Provincial Government and the ANCWL. Hence we'll ask our selves why the 17 years old imbecil boy is not included in the prayer. Does this show that in SA we have the spirit of feminism?

  • Ayanda Yaya Khumalo - 2012-04-22 10:35

    Not only Woman who get Rape what about that boy was Rape by 2 Woman????this show that when it come to Law Man are Nothing or Law don't defend those Man who been Rape but anyway Good luck and tnx ANCWL

  • smakupula - 2012-04-22 11:00

    what is the world turning to? the disgust we have to deal with in the name of advanced technology. it is meant to build us not break us entirely, something must be done

  • Thabo - 2012-04-22 11:39

    What about rapists ? Kenneth Meshoe is right, we can not keep rapists in jail, they must be castrated.

  • Annelize - 2012-04-22 12:11

    \Rape changes everything~ \r\nThey Say Time Heals – rubbish! Rape - the violation of one’s very humanity - changes who you are and how you see the world forever\.Woman24. My prayers go out to all the rape victims in this country. I just wish there were less lip flapping and more drastic actions against this criminals. If you are part of a gang rape, regardless of the age, you should be \adult\ enough to take responsibility/ consequences for your actions. This Rape was not a spur of the moment act, it was planned!!! Are we ignoring this fact, or is it a lack of understanding.

  • oppie.koffie - 2012-04-22 12:25

    We will pray with you. May the LORD be with the victim and her family. Bring back the death penalty.

  • Mart - 2012-04-22 14:00

    Is this terrible tragedy not something that more particularly the ANCYL should be rallying about and against?

  • Jacques - 2012-04-22 19:57

    Its good to pray about it, I just hope they open their ears... I think the ANC Gov must take some blame... the punishment by legislation is not effective and therefore not tough enough on rapists!

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