Raped schoolboy's mom: Something positive needed

2015-02-09 08:42


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Kimberley - The mother of a schoolboy who was raped by fellow pupils at his Northern Cape school said something positive had to come out of her son’s ordeal.

The 18-year-old’s two-hour torture was captured on cellphone cameras. One of the videos has gone viral.

The mother says she wants answers as to why the incident happened, reported Netwerk24. She also wants to speak to others who have been victims of similar incidents.

She has encouraged her son not to “hold any hatred in his heart” but felt her own anger resurface when stills from the video were published in various newspapers, City Press wrote on Sunday.

She says she doesn’t want to make it a “racial issue” but reports say racial slurs were made during the attack.

It is also suspected the pupils - who the victim considered his friends - attacked the teen after finding out his mother was white. The boy is coloured and all the alleged attackers are white.

The school’s principal, Moatlhodi Sekobe, denied initiation was behind the attack.

Northern Cape education spokesperson Sydney Stander said this wasn’t the first racist incident at the school.

“In 2010 there were numerous racial incidences reported by parents and pupils. One of the major incidences was when [black] pupils were made to eat manure in full view of teachers,” said Stander.

The department has disbanded the school governing body and removed the principal. Sekobe said letters of suspension were sent to all four of the accused boys on Saturday.

The four wept during their appearance in the Hartswater Magistrates’ Court, which released them on R1 000 bail each.

They will be back in court on 5 March.

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