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Rape investigation failed my son - dad

2012-05-28 10:51

Cape Town - The father of a boy who claimed he was raped during a rugby tour is disappointed in the Western Cape education department's investigation, The Cape Times reported on Monday.

The department had issued a warning to Edgemead High School on initiation practices, and ruled that supervision on the rugby tour had been "far from adequate".

It had found no evidence to suggest a sexual assault took place. The 16-year-old boy's father said the school had failed to communicate with him on vital matters in the case, including that the boys involved had been suspended.

"The only conclusion I can draw is that the internal investigation conducted by the governing body was flawed and deliberately biased," he was quoted as saying.

Department spokesperson Paddy Atwell said they found pupils had engaged in initiation practices such as shaving hair off. He said some team members consumed alcohol, despite a warning by their coach.

The attack, which took place on March 17, was filmed on cellphones and circulated. The 16-year-old 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 he had gone to sleep, he was allegedly attacked in his bed and raped. The attackers also shaved his eyebrows, squirted toothpaste up his nose and drew a phallic object on his forehead.

His parents laid a charge with the police, but the case was withdrawn after being reviewed by a prosecutor.

According to the report, the family had appointed lawyers to represent them should the case be re-opened when the National Prosecuting Authority completed a review of the docket.

The criminal law (sexual and related matters) amendment bill, signed into law on 14 December 2007, broadened the definition of rape to include forced anal penetration, and penetration with objects, not just body parts.

Comments
  • leemalin.moodley - 2012-05-28 11:06

    shocking! what more can one say. Those boys need to be dealt with!

      Christian J Denyschen - 2012-05-28 12:28

      The troll is strong in this one.

  • Deon - 2012-05-28 11:16

    Somewhere else it was stated that the pupil never went to a doctor to get a medical report. That could have changed things.

      Squeegee - 2012-05-28 13:26

      Would they have been able to get banana and broomstick DNA? The fact is the headmaster saw the pictures and chose to ignore them...

      gemmaleigh.evans.3 - 2012-05-29 10:19

      They didn't go for a medical examination because someone (authorities if I remember correctly) informed them that the video footage was sufficient evidence.

  • Loo - 2012-05-28 11:19

    Being violated in any way is wrong .. regardless if the victim was drunk or not. Cmon this is simple ... if it was rape with actual penetration of any sort ,, deal with it like it should be done. If it was humiliation with suggestion of penetration .. deal with it like it should be done. there are laws for this .. decide which are applicable and deal with it already.

  • Roger - 2012-05-28 11:50

    Bring back Corporal punishment or make them do some Correctional work either fixing the roads (There are many POTHOLES) or any other form of hard labour for a few weeks. Chained by the foot together so they can`t run away. This should be done for every single pupil out there that does not want to invest in their education and feels that they can harm another human. Your education is the future to your success.

  • tricia.sutherland1 - 2012-05-28 12:12

    prank or not, and i know shaving heads and putting toothpaste up someone's nose happens, but shoving a broom stick or banana up someone's butt hole is unacceptable - really - this is bullying - and these boys should be dealt with. they've spoilt future tours for other boys. what is wrong with the people in charge - these boys obviously know they can behave whichever way they want. This father dealt with it through the law and was rejected. It it were me - i'd have dealt with them personally in the harshest way possible.

  • Olwethu Ozzar Boco - 2012-05-28 12:22

    you know Mmannyo i wish it could be done to ur dad or even better to u so u can understand the kind of depression and humiliation rape bring about to the Victims.....i honestly wish u cud be gang raped then u will understand this boy&family's ordeal!

  • edward.herbst - 2012-05-28 12:41

    If it is any consolation to the kid who was assaulted he should remember that it is not him who has a problem.... But it is the ass clowns who did this to him who are FuĀ£$% up. they are probably Bull queers who take pleasure out of doing things like that to people.. next thing they will be hanging out at public toilets perving on young kids .. keep an eye on those boys in the future..

  • Dakey - 2012-05-28 12:58

    Supervision on tour? Didn't we see adults actually provide the alcohol? No excuse for this. Coach and principal should be removed.

  • davidteren - 2012-05-28 13:47

    "The system creates the situation that corrupts the individuals, and the system is the legal, political, economic, cultural background. And this is where the power is of the bad-barrel makers. So if you want to change a person, you've got to change the situation. If you want to change the situation, you've got to know where the power is, in the system. " - Philip Zimbardo (The Lucifer Effect)

      davidteren - 2012-05-28 13:51

      To better understand my comment watch Philip explain; http://www.ted.com/talks/philip_zimbardo_on_the_psychology_of_evil.html

  • Pagel - 2012-05-28 14:12

    For the record - I am against initiation practices, but something in this article bothers me. "He had sent his mom a "please call me" from his cellphone after the older boys apparently wanted to shave his head." - If a bunch (4+?) of other kids want to shave your head, you do not have time to send a please call me.

  • Mark - 2012-05-28 14:44

    Wow. You're all so gullible. There is no evidence of any "rape". It's just the parents and boy trying to bring the school down. Calling his mom because he was scared of having his hair shaved? Come on man. Surely they would've seen this "rape" in the video. They didn't because it never happened. The family is lying.

      Michelle - 2012-05-28 15:14

      How do you know this for sure Mark? According to quite a few sources (high school boys who saw the circulated video) there was penetration. My son had his hair shaved for initation at a rugby camp in Gauteng. It was harmless and as parents we did not have a problem with it. The seniors involved, however, almost got expelled (school in Gauteng) Not trying to be sarcastic here, but am seriously concerned that you are so adamant. Did you see the video??

      Mark - 2012-05-29 22:50

      I have friends in that school who have told me that it isn't true. Surely they would press charges if they found anything on the video - but they didn't. Anyway, here you have it: http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/Boy-denies-claiming-he-was-raped-on-tour-20120529

  • gemmaleigh.evans.3 - 2012-05-29 10:24

    What horrifies me is that a naked painting of Jacob Zuma causes a revolt of massive proportions and a video recording of a boy being sodomized results in a little warning and a slap on the wrists of the perpetrators!!! Bloody useless justice system. I'd say the humiliation and degradation of that boy far exceeds the supposed embarrassment of our immoral president!! I'm disgusted!! And embarrassed to call myself a South African!!

  • bmaestro - 2012-05-30 09:08

    some children are just evil minded ruthless and heartless.how can they treat their fellow schoolmate this way

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