School rape investigation continues - Petros

2010-11-10 18:18

kalahari.com

Johannesburg - The investigation into the alleged rape of a Johannesburg schoolgirl by two boys, aged 14 and 16, is continuing, the Gauteng police said on Wednesday.

Provincial Police Commissioner Lieutenant General Mzwandile Petros said police had video footage but it needed to be analysed and linked to statements.

"We are dealing with minors so we exercising sensitivity," he said.

"All allegations are being investigated. I will be getting a daily report on the progress of the investigation, we won't put it away."

Mzwandile said he was happy with the way the police had handled the situation so far and with the way the investigation was going.

The commissioner and Gauteng Community Safety MEC Faith Mazibuko were addressing the media in Johannesburg on the Jules High School incident.

Filmed on cellphones


Three boys allegedly gave a doctored drink to two girls on Thursday and then raped one of them, aged 15, while it was filmed on cellphones.

The alleged attack occurred during school hours.

The girl only identified two of the boys and they were arrested on Monday.

Both boys are Grade 9 pupils. One of them is a pupil at the school where the alleged attack occurred and the other is a pupil at New Nation School near Auckland Park.

They were released from police custody on Tuesday.

"We did not place the case on the court roll as further investigation needed to be done," National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga told Sapa.

"As much as we appreciate the sensitivity of the matter there is just not enough evidence hence the decision not to proceed with the matter at this stage."

Charges were not dropped


Mazibuko said reports about the dropping of charges against the boys were untrue.

Her spokesperson Dumisani Ngema explained to Sapa that the MEC meant that this was because there were no charges since the case had not yet been taken to court.

Mazibuko said: "The need to ensure that justice is served is important.

"We are determined to see this case through and ensure that justice is dispensed.

"This is crucial to demonstrate to communities and the public that our criminal justice system is capable of punishing those who wrong society," she said.

The police were working together with the NPA to prepare a "proper, watertight, prosecutable and winnable case".

Mazibuko said the province's primary concern was protecting the girl.

The public's "anxiety and expectation" surrounding the case was understandable and the department would keep updating the media on the progress of the investigation, she said.

"It is about the ability of the criminal justice system to act in a way that is protective of the vulnerable," she said.

Teachers investigated


"It is about how our communities also act to protect the minors."

The provincial department of education would also continue with its own internal investigation regarding the conduct of teachers and issues of school governance, Mazibuko said.

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa on Wednesday said reports that he had issued instructions for the boys to be arrested were not true.

The Star newspaper reported that Mthethwa issued an instruction for the boys to be arrested, and this was done, the source said, adding that political pressure led to the unlawful arrest of the minors.

"To even attribute such as quote to a faceless source, that on its own raises serious suspicions", his spokesperson Zweli Mnisi said in a statement.

"Such unbalanced reporting is not only misleading to the public but further (exacerbates) undeserved trauma to the affected victim."
- SAPA
Read more on:    faith mazibuko  |  mzwandile petros  |  nathi mthethwa  |  johannesburg
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
2 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/Movies
Traffic & Train Alerts
Traffic
Cape Town 09:37 AM
Road name: N2 Inbound

ROADWORKS - one lane closed at Main Road

Cape Town 06:03 AM
Road name: MetroRail

Train services between Nyanga/Chris Hani (Khayelitsha) and Nyanga/Kapteinsklip remain SUSPENDED - all stations on these sections are CLOSED

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Up to 60% off - clearance sale!

Save up to 60% on appliances, books, electronics, toys, movies and more. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Deal of the Week!

Get bestselling John Green novels now just R99 each! Hurry and get yours while stocks last. Shop here.

Mind blowing deals on beauty & fragrances

Save up to 30% off beauty and fragrances. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 50% off hair care products!

Save up to 50% on professional hair care products at kalahari.com. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

30% off academic books

Score a mind blowing 30% off academic books! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Jan 21 - Feb 18
Jan 21 - Feb 18

You may be inspired to do things that expand your mind in a big way today. You have a need to explore and a need to please....read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.