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.
- SAPA
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