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Soweto gang rape victim found

2012-04-18 12:51

Johannesburg - A 17-year-old Soweto girl who was filmed being gang-raped by a group of boys has been found.

The girl was reported missing by her mother three weeks ago. She is apparently at Dobsonville police station, EWN tweeted.

The gang rape was captured on a 10-minute cellphone video which has gone viral, EWN reported. It is believed the girl was abducted and kept as a sex slave.

Seven boys, between the ages of 14 and 20, were arrested on Tuesday and will appear in court on Thursday.

It is unclear whether she was drugged in the video, or is mentally disabled.

Meanwhile, South Africans have taken to social networks to express their outrage at the incident. The hashtag #rapevideo is currently the top trending topic on Twitter in South Africa.

Comments
  • rosiegracebrooks - 2012-04-18 13:00

    Grow up in a rape culture - become rapist. The problem starts at home.

      Michael - 2012-04-18 13:49

      How many of them(disgusting 7) are actually the product of rape???? Genetics??!!!

      Sharon - 2012-04-18 16:13

      they must have moved here from the farms,there arnt many goats in soweto

      champ.bopape - 2012-04-18 16:16

      It will indeed be regrettable if the judge finds police officers having done shoddy work, thus throw the case out of court on insufficient evidence. South Africa has seen these type of worse case scenarios. I sagest that Police officers be charged if found having neglected their responsibilities, further inflicting more pain to the very law-abiding victims of crime whose faith is in the very law that fails them.

      bluzulu - 2012-04-18 18:09

      "" Them"".....""Genetics"" What GenePool does Kotze belong to? RSA still has many generations to go before this Rhetoric is removed from Daily life.

      Lacrimose - 2012-04-18 18:19

      Something fundamental missing from a person when they can inflict pain and torture on another human being and derive great pleasure from it. These sound like severely damaged people and should never be allowed into society ever again. There is no cure for people like this and we do not want to see them back amongst us ever again. No extenuating circumstances, no 15yrs. They must be locked up until they die.

      rosiegracebrooks - 2012-04-19 09:57

      @Michael - they are the product of a society where rape happens a lot, I never said they were the actual product of rape. I said "grow up in rape CULTURE" not "be born from someone who was raped."

  • rplescia - 2012-04-18 13:01

    Sick! Absolutely sick! These guys need to have their "goeters" chopped off!

  • Stille - 2012-04-18 13:04

    Welcome to Africa. Enjoy your stay.

      Joanie - 2012-04-18 13:17

      Dumb, uneducated Animals in the wild don't even do this type of thing!! ??

      Stille - 2012-04-18 13:19

      Exactly. Show you the moral compass of these so called "people"

      bluzulu - 2012-04-18 18:15

      @ Stille, Unfortunately this type of criminal act takes place over the entire Planet including every continent other than Antarctica( Possibly not even this continent has been saved from this tragedy , It's utterly disgusting.

      bluzulu - 2012-04-19 06:55

      The Anacondas mating sessions may include as many as 50 males. Don't get me wrong, these crims require Chemical castration however the opportunity arose to correct your statement.

  • Peter - 2012-04-18 13:04

    Police work three times harder when media is involved.... hayi. sad but true

      Lucille - 2012-04-18 15:13

      Of coarse they do and that is different to anywhere else in the world how????

      elewies - 2012-04-18 17:55

      Lucille chillax the guava.. Don't see that Peter said SOUTH AFRICAN police and I'm sure he know it's the same for police around the world

  • Hermann - 2012-04-18 13:05

    Obviously they cant use it respectfully so they must cut off their "boyhood"

  • Bless Boswell - 2012-04-18 13:05

    I hope she's safe at the police station!

      Thabang - 2012-04-18 18:35

      I hope the docket can make it to court.

  • gaeleen - 2012-04-18 13:05

    What a disgrace they should be 1) castrated 2) sentenced to LIFE and save the rest of the females from them

      rico.desmit - 2012-04-18 14:14

      I think the death sentence must be reinstated and rape have to be classified as a capital crime. Why must these monsters be send to jail on a life sentence that the taxpayers pay for them?

  • Reshan - 2012-04-18 13:05

    Now imagine a world where the popo did their jobs and found this kid three weeks ago, when it was reported...

      ClaudsDeLuca - 2012-04-18 16:50

      Imagine a world where Hat3d grew some sense in realising this is a big city and the 'popo' arent Psychic. Now that would be awesome.

  • meredith.r.pollock - 2012-04-18 13:08

    This is so disgusting, these animals deserve to serve the rest of their natural lives behind bars getting gang raped by Bubba and his friends.. This poor girl is now scarred for life and may never get over this... Death would be to good for these animals, they need to suffer for the rest of their lives!!!!

      Ingi - 2012-04-18 14:48

      Tks Meredith for that. I take great exception to the fact that you equate 'savages' to animals. Animals do not rape! Animals will only attack if threatened. Animals don't litter, get drunk, stab each other for R1.00, lie, cheat, etc., etc., etc. Yes, wild animals do kill to survive, that is the balance of nature but behave like an average human, never, they are far superior and actually wouldn't want to the lower themselves to that standard!!!!!

      meredith.r.pollock - 2012-04-18 16:54

      Actually yes, you are so right, animals are far better than these oxygen thieves, wrong word choice, my bad...

      bluzulu - 2012-04-18 18:33

      AAAAHHHHAAAAA.............Animals Animals herd together with No exceptions, Animals eat from the same tree, Animals sleep on the same Plains, Animals drink from the same pool of water, Animals don't disenfranchise other animals within their herd cos' they have different colour Furs. Animals protect each other in a pride no matter what it's status in the hierarchy. Animals , we can learn so much from these fantastic creatures of Mother Nature.

      Tasmee - 2012-04-18 18:40

      @ Val, THANK YOU! I am SICK and TIRED of sick, psychopathic, individuals always being compared to animals. Animals DO NOT do this kind of thing. Human beings do!

      meredith.r.pollock - 2012-04-18 19:50

      Ok Tasmee, geez don't get yr knickers in a knot, i said wrong choice of word... Relax, I wouldn't have liked valcooperRSA's comment if i didn't agree!!! There is no word to describe these sick whatevers...

  • Mashudu - 2012-04-18 13:08

    NPA And Police must do thier JOB. they mustn't come with thier no evidence Nonsense. We can't let these bastards go free!

  • Ndu - 2012-04-18 13:09

    Crime has been committed prosecution must take place, the video has gone viral and there's absolutely no way that it can be stopped. Now its time for the whole of SA to try and find out what are we doing wrong? Because people from 14-20 years of age are all kids...So what are we doing wrong when we are rising these kids? What makes them so brutal at suck a young age?

      Elize - 2012-04-18 14:19

      @Ndu first of all as parents we should only have children if we can afford it financially and we are sure that we can provide them a safe and loving home where preferably both parents are present. And then secondly they have to go to school and get an education, these boys were between the age of 14 and 20, why were they out on the street and not at school in the first place?? if we can provide our children with a decent education we will solve a lot of problems.

      Riƫtte - 2012-04-18 14:25

      Ndu, if someone can commit a crime such as rape he is not a child, they all knew better and should be punished as grown-ups. @ Elize, I agree with you, but the most basic education will have to start at home, starting with how daddy treats mommy...

  • Jayson - 2012-04-18 13:09

    I'm so glad she is alive. Now she can testify against theses low life scum bags. Plus with The video footage. These guys will rot in jail. Oh wait sorry I forgot. This is South Africa. They will be out in under ten.

      Kyle - 2012-04-18 13:12

      That's a bit unrealistic. Unfortunately the trial will drag on and the poor girl will suffer.

  • Themba - 2012-04-18 13:12

    I was shocked 2read about the Girl who was gang raped. Its high time in this country, two take this kind of incident sereously. those who are responsable must be accountable, its doent metter how old there are

      Emily - 2012-04-18 15:35

      I agree. Government is always strangely silent when it somes to these horrific crimes. We need a government-societal movement against woman and child abuse. It must not be acceptable. It must be stamped out. We need respect for the basic human right to our own bodies.

  • qcoelho - 2012-04-18 13:13

    Sick pigs!! Death sentence!!!

      Ingi - 2012-04-18 14:53

      Savages, not pigs. A pig in particular, is a very honourable animal!!! Have you ever heard of a pig raping another one?????? Never!!!

  • tjordaan2 - 2012-04-18 13:16

    Thank goodness for finding her. Photo's of the criminal rapists should be posted on facebook, twitter and in the newspapers to name and shame them. They don't deserve rights, especially since they disregarded the young lady's rights.

  • ndyeboreginaldmazawule - 2012-04-18 13:16

    I am glad shw has been found, poor girl. Now lets pray shwe gets all the great help she needs now and on, I am very sure her life has changed now.

  • Ben - 2012-04-18 13:16

    Maaifoedies!

  • Rob - 2012-04-18 13:24

    They should all be tried as adults and sent to life in prison with out the chance of Parole ( walk in come out in a box)Or give them a sex change and put in prison let them fell what she felt

  • Ayanda Yaya Khumalo - 2012-04-18 13:27

    they must send to jail for rest of their life and SA gov must do something about this abuse or else will united and kill those who rape woman n kids..................#anrgy#

  • elsabe.wessels1 - 2012-04-18 13:28

    Boys in the age group of 14 - 20 years? It is really sad to see what our society is coming to that boys in this age group can be so cruel. Systems should be put in place to help people get over something like this since it is becoming an act that happens frequently. All support to the girl and her family.

  • Frankly - 2012-04-18 13:32

    Rather blame the fact that we are not allowed to discipline our kids anymore. Everyday I hear my sister (who is a teacher) talk about the atrocious behaviour of some kids in her class. Fact is, if parents don't give a sh*t about their kids and what they get up to, this is what happens. The whole bloody system is rotten to the core. On the same note, I have to say that I know some wonderful people with kids that are just delinquents. Social misfits that have gotten numerous pleads, threats, nice-talk and punishment from their parents, to no avail. Let's face it, same people are just rotten to the core, and they CANNOT be rehabilitated. Nxa.

      Patsy - 2012-04-20 13:09

      There are 'bad seeds' unfortunately. I totally believe in reasonable corporal punishment, but it doesn't always work.

  • senny.tloubatla - 2012-04-18 13:33

    Good, now burn those bastards. Their mothers should cry for them when they get life, I don't know about their fathers or do they even know them. What would make young boys commit such an atrocious thing?? No guidance, morals, values, nuclear families, no discipline, these boys are accustomed to this as a norm and accepted behaviour. They grew up without fathers who ran away and left them alone now they do just like Daddy.

      Sizwe - 2012-04-18 13:58

      What wrong, people are acting like animals two weeks bck jesus died 4 ur sin nd we stl commit more.come on people let not control by drugs bcz I knew in this incident there was drugs tasken

      Ingi - 2012-04-18 14:58

      Sizwe, take great exception to the fact that you equate 'savages' to animals. Animals do not rape! Animals will only attack if threatened. Animals don't litter, get drunk, stab each other for R1.00, lie, cheat, etc., etc., etc. Yes, wild animals do kill to survive, that is the balance of nature but behave like an average human, never, they are far superior and actually wouldn't want to the lower themselves to that standard!!!!!

  • refilwe.monyai - 2012-04-18 13:33

    That is barberic and they shud be burned really wat is this contry cumin in to

  • jerogerson - 2012-04-18 13:33

    Hang them, one by one, stuff a R2 coin in their mouths, film it and put it online for the world to see.

  • refilwe.monyai - 2012-04-18 13:33

    That is barberic and they shud be burned really wat is this contry cumin in to

  • radlegend - 2012-04-18 13:38

    These boys need to be castrated, with a blunt bread knife. But thank God she's alive... E-News reports say she told the police she had been kept as a sex slave, and that she couldnt remember the last time she was fed. Sies. The man keeping her has also been arrested.

  • natasha.wentink - 2012-04-18 13:38

    14 year olds participating in gang rape - how disgusting! I feel so incredibly sad for the youth of this country...

  • Mart - 2012-04-18 13:40

    These mutants do not deserve to live on the same planet as you and I. I want to take a full swing and a punch at Human Rights Activists and anti death penalty advocates.....YOU are the root cause of this kind of terrorism. If we as a society are to survive then these mofos must not get a second chance...what they have done is so abhorrent to society yet we play games and suggest crap like rehabilitation. Stand up and be heard....I am so angry with the laws that I am so close to advocating that these criminals be 'hit' when found guilty. And their families must be ostracised and lose benefits like pensions, grants etc. This girl is history, only 1 in a thousand will be strong enough to work through her trauma. The bastards must die...quite simple. And I don't care what colour they or the victim is....I want the Hangman's job.

      Tasmee - 2012-04-18 19:11

      Agreed! Enough of being "correct" to an extent where they have more human rights than the victims. Quite sick of this crap quite frankly! What next!

  • veritas.odium.paret - 2012-04-18 13:42

    Found in some man's house, bringing to 8 the number of arrests (radio news headlines). Whatever these guys get, it's going to be a slap in the wrist compared to what they rightfully deserve, that's for sure.

  • Sameera - 2012-04-18 13:53

    The example we set as adults and the things we condone or overlook in society has lead to this situation. We need discpline, morals and values to be re-instilled in society. Schools need to place a HUGE emphasis on this as clearly parents do not. There are some forms of education that a degree will never give you. Fathers do not realise how important they are in teaching their children how to treat women with respect and dignity.

      Tasmee - 2012-04-18 19:14

      I tried to give you 100 likes but couldnt!

  • Ndumiso - 2012-04-18 13:59

    As sad as this is, this is the price we pay for our freedom to "choose'! We have made television a substitute for parenting, we have bought our children all that think is neccessary to keep them pre-occupied while we go and make more money (that's if the parents are still together);we give them money to show our love to them instead of sacrificing our own agendas and bringing up our kids ourselves!Funny how we blast these kids when such things have manifested! I just wonder where these kids get all the influence from? Maybe not all, but I will say that the biggest influence by far of such behaviours is the media. Be it Television or the internet. We are stuffed with pornography and violence in our faces at every turn and I can guarantee you that the producers of such materials are not the kids but grown ups who do it in the name of "freedom of expression" freedom of choice or whatever freedom! All these things are so easily accessible, it is unbelievable, and you can see it for yourself that there is no intention from these people to keep it away from the kids bcos they know that the younger you get them, they are your custormers for life!and don't even think that SA is an exception, these ills manifest themselves in different forms and shape. If you think that mayb SA is the worst place to be, you are free to emmigrate to the US,and just make sure that on your way there you buy yourself a very strong bullet proof vests cos u'll neva know! We must take responsibility for this

      senny.tloubatla - 2012-04-18 14:08

      Right there with you Ndumiso. It is good there are still headed black men in this country, much love to you bra.

  • JoCL89 - 2012-04-18 13:59

    They should be killed

  • Tokelo MediaOwner Fako - 2012-04-18 14:11

    Pervertion, Lawlessness and Utter Disgust..our society needs some real help.. JESUS

  • barry.dogg.fritz - 2012-04-18 14:14

    castrate the lot , or give them over to the community and let them meet out the correct punishment for this horific incident

      Stewart Croucamp - 2012-04-18 14:53

      Do what Winnie Mandela said: Burn them with matches and tyres

  • Sobjective_PTA - 2012-04-18 14:15

    Is this human behaviour?

  • Ridwaan - 2012-04-18 14:15

    "ISLAMIC LAW" DO YOU HEAR OF, OR HAVE YOU HEARD OF STORIES LIKE THIS FROM A COUNTRY GOVERNED BY ISLAMIC LAW??? STEAL=CHOP OFF THE HANDS ADULTERY/SEX RELATED CRIMES=CASTRATION LIE=BYE,BYE TONGUE

  • Bernice - 2012-04-18 14:17

    I have just read the entire article. This child belongs in a place of safety where nobody can ever hurt her again. This has been carrying on since she was 12 years old. Its time for something to get done about it. I know that her mother is a domestic worker and I cannot judge her circumstances, but as a mother your first priority is ensuring the safety of your children.

  • Dave - 2012-04-18 14:22

    Punishment should fit the crime !! I can not think of anything worse that could happen to someone than this. They should have their dicks surgically removed and shoved up their arse, what is happening to people these days complete animals!

      Ingi - 2012-04-18 15:03

      Why surgically, chop them off and then stuff them up their arses. Also Dave take great exception to the fact that you equate 'savages' to animals. Animals do not rape! Animals will only attack if threatened. Animals don't litter, get drunk, stab each other for R1.00, lie, cheat, etc., etc., etc. Yes, wild animals do kill to survive, that is the balance of nature but behave like an average human, never, they are far superior and actually wouldn't want to the lower themselves to that standard!!!!! ,

  • Fanie - 2012-04-18 14:24

    Cut off their problem organs

  • Zenzele - 2012-04-18 14:24

    castrate these animals!!

      Ingi - 2012-04-18 15:05

      Zmazibuko, these are savages, NOT animals!!! I take great exception to the fact that you equate 'savages' to animals. Animals do not rape! Animals will only attack if threatened. Animals don't litter, get drunk, stab each other for R1.00, lie, cheat, etc., etc., etc. Yes, wild animals do kill to survive, that is the balance of nature but behave like an average human, never, they are far superior and actually wouldn't want to the lower themselves to that standard!!!!!

      bluzulu - 2012-04-18 18:56

      AAAAHHHHAAAAA.............Animals Animals eat from the same Plains, Animals sleep under the same trees, Animals drink from the same pool of water, Animals don't disenfranchise other animals within their herd cos' they have different colour Furs. Animals protect each other in a pride no matter what it's status in the hierarchy, Animals work together to grow the group's health and social wealth. Animals , we can learn so much from these fantastic creatures of Mother Nature.

  • Rashida - 2012-04-18 14:25

    @pippa wait till it happens to someone you know,then we will see how you feel.your an idiot

  • Vee - 2012-04-18 14:27

    Its abt time the justic of S.A stood out because these are the things that makes S.A to look bad.

      Tasmee - 2012-04-18 19:21

      Actually there are many many more things that make SA look bad. Start at the top with the president and work your way down to civil society......

  • Phumi - 2012-04-18 14:31

    Funny how it is fine and ideal for us to temper with the constitution to suite our narrow irrational mob justice. But we cannot do it to eliviate those who are trapped in the trenches of poverty like this young woman.

  • AnthonyZA - 2012-04-18 14:37

    You can't do something that violates your own personal moral code, morality is a value system that is learned in early childhood, the boys are responsible for their own behaviour, but the root of the problem lies in the family structure that passed on the moral code. You can get kids from the same neighborhood that will grow up to be model citizens. You will stick to the morality you were taught and accepted as a child. Teach a child the way he should go and when he is older he won't depart from it, teach him the way he shouldn't go and you will get the same result.

  • summerrose1959 - 2012-04-18 14:38

    Like to know where they got the idea to abduct her and keep her as a sex slave??? Too much tv or too much porno on tv or internet? very sick, mentally disturbed people! cannot believe or comprehend that they had no conscience or any mercy or compassion for this young girl as she cried and pleaded to them. So completely shocking that even kids of 14yrs were involved in such a frightening crime against another human being. Too much of this against women and girls is going on....should be a death sentence against thier barbaric ways!!

  • Schmee - 2012-04-18 14:42

    The thing that is even more disturbing is that the video has gone viral. What sick person actually watches something like that?

  • Nirosha - 2012-04-18 14:44

    Hope she gets the proper emotional/ psychological care to go through the whole legal process. This must be the last act of rape/violence they ever commit in their lives. LIFE SENTENCE.

  • Msika - 2012-04-18 14:49

    I've heard a lot of stories similar to this in the townships (this act is called \kushay' ibhande\), and the worst part is that this boys don't even realize that it's a criminal act and that it's rape, instead they see it as an act of heroisim and to gain respect from their peers. They would even boast around about, as if it's the most heroific thing to do. \r\n\r\nI just hope an example is set with these 7 boys and a message is sent to the other perpetrators of this crime who still beleive \kushay' ibhande\ is a heroic act.

  • Ian - 2012-04-18 14:53

    pappa wag vir jou... I think they are going to realise what rape is like, hopefully for the rest of their lives. I have no sympathy for these cowards. I want the death sentence back, why waste money keep them alive?

  • Gavin - 2012-04-18 14:55

    you can't call these things animals, as animals don't do things like this, I would instead compare them to a virus, whose only purpose is to preocreate and kill as many people as possible. i will pray that God will help this girl through this traumatic time, heal her soul, and consign those of her tormentors to hell.

      John - 2012-04-18 15:16

      During the Soccer World Cup, the cops, courts and prosecutors put aside their petty differences and indifferent attitude to present to the world a 1st world justice system. Perpetrators were tried, convicted and sentenced in hours or days. This is a slam dunk case. Why, once the World Cup was over, did we revert to sloven ineptitude??? We clearly CAN be united, efficient and effective if we want to. This poor girls misfortune has united all right minded South Africans behind her and against crime. The authorities could easily show the same outrage and make an example of these bunch of sick humans. Justice should be fair, but very swift and very ruthless. Justice delayed is justice denied!