Schoolboy rape charges not dropped - MEC

2010-11-10 14:03

Johannesburg - Reports about the dropping of charges against the two boys who allegedly raped a Johannesburg schoolgirl were untrue, the Gauteng department of community safety said on Wednesday.

"The need to ensure that justice is served is important," Safety MEC Faith Mazibuko told journalists in Johannesburg.

"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 with the National Prosecuting Authority to prepare a "proper, watertight, prosecutable and winnable case", Mazibuko said.

The NPA on Tuesday said charges against the two boys, age 14 and 16, were dropped because of a lack of evidence.

Three boys allegedly gave "date rape" drugs to two girls on Thursday and then raped one of them, aged 15, while it was filmed on cellphones.

The alleged attack occurred on the premises of Jules High School in Jeppestown, 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.

  • Carolyn - 2010-11-10 14:19

    Rapeists should receive the death sentence, they more then likely have given her AIDS and that will be her death sentence. Hang all men that rape little girls, regardless of their age.

      Sharne - 2010-11-10 14:53

      i agree if not hang them,why not castrate them!

      Johan - 2010-11-10 17:04

      This poor girl should sue the Police

      Gavin - 2010-11-11 06:48

      Rapists deserve no mercy but jumping to conclusions before any evidence has been heard is ridiculous. As with anything there are many "truths" that turn out to be rubbish. Rumour is being treated as fact, media stories as true when they are plainly based on conflicting stories. We must all take a deep breath and wait for real evidence to come forward.

  • DeonL - 2010-11-10 14:20

    I hope these kids are at least suspendid?

      smanga - 2010-11-10 15:11

      the must not be suspended, they must be put behind bars

  • My Name is.. - 2010-11-10 14:41

    No doubt the authorities will bungle this case up as they do with most other important cases! Such a pity because if true, this poor girl will suffer the nightmares for a very long time afterwards!

      Stryder - 2010-11-10 15:00

      Nah!! To high profile. They will put some competent cops ontot heis case. You know the kind that will never be promoted.

      Stryder - 2010-11-10 15:06

      excuse the typos. Sorry.

      Gavin - 2010-11-11 06:51

      Police need to be trained to handle sex crimes and crimes that require special evidence. No case should be lost because the basic policework has not been done.

  • darryndw - 2010-11-10 14:42

    lack of evidence? wtf

      smanga - 2010-11-10 15:12

      There is no such, there are people who took filim- that is the evidence

      E.Nuff - 2010-11-10 15:37

      Smanga - remember judge Mothala was filmed and recorded whilst drunk - and still denied it, claiming the evidence was fabricated, and unreliable. I cna't recall if he claimed whether it was the camera or the cameraman that was racist...

  • Susannomore - 2010-11-10 14:58

    At least some of my faith in our justice system has returned. Let's see that these boys are helped. That someone, somewhere, can teach them the power of respect and love. Let them pay for this horrific crime, and emerge strong and sound. And let their parents feel the shame - how did you bring these children up? How date you abuse the gifts you were given by neglecting to teach them that this is one of the worst crimes that can be committed. And the poor little girl - you came to our attention for all the wrong reasons. Our hearts pour out to you. Become strong and show them that they cannot win. God bless you

      Gavin - 2010-11-11 06:53

      You are supposing that this was rape and not consensual sex. Underage sex is a criminal offence but we are all leaping to conclusions. We need to wait for evidence before prejudging the issue.

  • onemantribe - 2010-11-10 15:03

    NPA tells Sapa "no evidence". MEC tells Sapa "working towards a watertight case". News24 gets to embarrass State with conflicting headlines. Carolyn calls for all men that rape little girls to be hung, regardless of the girls' age. (Or is that the men's age. Coz with 10-year-olds getting pregnant and 13-year-olds shagging like bunnies in mall toilets, we don't want to start hanging all adolescent boys). Carolyn retaliates at Onemantribe's inane and thoughtless comment, accusing him of being an idiot and flippant and he should really leave the country if he is going to be like that. Onemantribe sighs and reaches for the tequila. Vested interest groups spark intense cyber insults. Then everyone goes home and forgets absolutely everything they have said today, coz after all, it's off their chests now. Got to love the media.

      jasontawks - 2010-11-10 15:34

      Sad, but too true..

      Valkerie - 2010-11-10 15:37

      'Valkerie laughs heartily at onemantribe's humour.' Thanks, you made my afternoon! Now, pass the takielah please. No salt, but the lemon does give me a quirky smirk.

      silindos - 2010-11-10 15:58

      I'll have it straight up...

      Gavin - 2010-11-11 06:56

      The media is not perfect - they reflect what they are told. The point is that you as reader/viewer must use your common sense when deciding what to believe. The media are not courts of law and we must not expect them to be. Facts will come out slowly.

  • smanga - 2010-11-10 15:09

    The MEC and NPA are talking two different stories, which we must believe? Tthe minister of police Nathi Mthethwa must say something about this and apologies to the nation. They must not fool us, the country is angry about this event, they must take harsh action for these boys and those who were filiming the incident must be brought to court. Minister Mthethwa imagines if this was your child, we will be afraid to send our children to school because they will be attacked by their fellow pupils. Years ago school premises was a safe place for children but now it is the den of the thugs- please government must do something about them because they ruined somebody's life. This is barbaric

  • Valkerie - 2010-11-10 15:39

    Oh really? It's on, it's off, no wait it's on again..! Gotta love it. Someone somewhere is not checking their sources, or maybe someone else applied some pressure to have it re-opened? *sigh*

  • Viktoria Swart - 2010-11-10 16:09

    Your story does not make sence, as it was filmed on a cellphone. Which shows who they are. How can that not be enough evidence.

      navarac - 2010-11-10 16:45

      Obviously I don't condone rape. But, I doubt whether there is cellphone evidence of the girl agreeing (or not) to accompany the boys (during school hours?). This will very likely be the defence argument. If these boys are guilty as charged then they must suffer the full consequences of their act. Let's wait for a full and competent investigation to be completed before we sound off.

  • Cina - 2010-11-10 16:17

    The boys and their parent should both be named and shamed so that all can see what a rapist looks like. But I suppose nothing will happen to the poor little angels because they are underaged and the apartheid made them do it.

  • Johan - 2010-11-10 16:57

    "This is crucial for the ANC to demonstrate to communities and the public that our criminal justice system is CAN BE CHANGE and is NOT NOT capable of punishing those who wrong society," It is MORE important how you are connected to the ANC

  • Johan - 2010-11-10 16:59

    "This is crucial for the ANC to demonstrate to communities and the public that our criminal justice system can BE CHANGE and is NOT NOT capable of punishing those who wrong society," It is MORE important how you are connected to the ANC

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