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Sue school and rugby coach - Childline

2012-05-11 11:29

Johannesburg - Legal steps should be taken against the school and the coach in charge of a group of boys who allegedly sexually assaulted 16-year-old boy on a rugby tour, Beeld reported on Friday.

The coach - who reportedly turned the victim away when approached for help - should have intervened, Childline advocacy and training manager Joan van Niekerk told the newspaper.

"And these boys have to suffer the consequences; otherwise they will continue to perpetuate this kind of behaviour in public."

It was reported on Thursday that the schoolboy was sexually assaulted with a broom handle and a banana on March 17, and that the authorities had opted not to prosecute. The boy's parents could consider suing the police, the school and the coach, said Van Niekerk.

"A medical report is not a prerequisite for prosecuting a case of rape," she said.

Police investigation

Lieutenant Colonel Andre Traut told Sapa that Vredenburg police investigated the case.

"The completed case docket was presented to the senior state prosecutor, who declined to prosecute in the matter. The case was subsequently withdrawn," he said.

Van Niekerk recommended that the parents appeal against the decision with the provincial director of public prosecutions.

The Criminal Law (Sexual and Related Matters) Amendment Bill, signed into law on 14 December 2007, broadened the definition of rape to include forced anal penetration, and penetration with objects, not just body parts.

Comments
  • Marion - 2012-05-11 11:36

    Thumbs up to Childline and Joan van Niekerk. Please help this family to get justice for their son in any way you can.

      Squeegee - 2012-05-11 11:54

      Sue the coach, school and the team members. There has to be some personal accountability by the perpetrators.

      atholl.hay - 2012-05-11 11:56

      E-mail the school on office@edgemeadhigh.org.za

      Tamaranui - 2012-05-11 11:59

      Only reasonable course to prevent Crimes being committed under the guise of Initiations. Parents want Institutions to behave in a responsible manner....

      RSole - 2012-05-11 12:21

      Each and every child that was involved should be charged criminally and their parents sued. This is just as bad as the girl that was raped by the 7 boys. The coach should also be held as responsible as the perpetrators for dereliction of his duty to protect children in his care.

      charmaine.pauwels - 2012-05-11 12:41

      Seriously, who would put thumbs down to this. I wish we could see that, coz whoever put thumbs down is actually condoning such behavior. Sick!

      Peter - 2012-05-11 12:55

      The 6 thumbs down are probably the parents of the boys or the boys that raped the kid, and yes you are just as responsible if your children committed the crime! How can you bring up your children to become such monsters

      charmaine.pauwels - 2012-05-11 13:52

      Mark, so the pics and cellphone footage is not enough evidence for you!!

      lorna.m.eaton - 2012-05-11 14:32

      Mark, why do you think this did not happen? What is your source/evidence that this is a fabricated story?

      Mark - 2012-05-11 14:40

      I live in Milnerton (neighbouring suburb) and know many people at the school who say it isn't true. Why would News24 use the word "alledgedly" so many times? Surely if it was in fact true they wouldn't need to use the word "alledgedly" nor would News24 need to put "raped" in inverted commas.

      Adam - 2012-05-11 14:45

      He should be ashamed of himself for ruining my schools name and lying about this whole situation . He admitted to friends of his that it was not all true and that the whole thing was blown out of proportion . He took the alcohol with on the camp so it is partly his fault . Btw , the messages of him admitting the truth about this whole situation were saved and the truth should be heard soon by everyone

      Rob - 2012-05-11 16:15

      Mark, that is a very dumb comment and naive. News reports always use the term allegedly whether it is true or not, because they are not a court of law.

      Adil Smit - 2012-05-11 23:28

      Mark,they have to say alledgedly until guilty verdict.

  • Gareth - 2012-05-11 11:38

    Sue them all... I would if no justice was taken...

      Squeegee - 2012-05-11 11:55

      Make this an example to all schools, all sports teams, etc...

  • porshe.vrebec - 2012-05-11 11:40

    i m glad to hear that, that's how they groom pervert. sue the ish out of them.

  • Anned - 2012-05-11 11:52

    I agree, schools are run as businesses these days, hit them where it hurts.

  • Msika - 2012-05-11 11:58

    Eish what a sick society we live in. Sue them all and their parents too, those parents are as equally as guilty as these kids for not teaching them good morals and values.

  • Steve - 2012-05-11 12:02

    Agreed but i say also sue the boys and their parents .It its time to take responsibility for your kids and not make someone else responsible and blame them - it all starts at home !!

  • Manu - 2012-05-11 12:07

    News24 moderator I am assuming that you why remove my first comment? There was nothing wrong with my comment! I think it is most certainly appropriate to ask why this case hasn't received the same level of public indignation as the rape of the girl by the 7 boys. The cases are strikingly similar. In both cases a minor was raped by a group of other minors and they documented their deed. What is wrong with asking why the cases are receiving different reactions? In my view both cases deserve outrage otherwise this boy and his mother will be denied justice.

      Venus - 2012-05-11 12:50

      No,but you are black Manu,remember?

      Manu - 2012-05-11 13:19

      Venus, please clarify.

      Jeffrey - 2012-05-11 13:31

      Agree with you 100% Manu.

      Tamaranui - 2012-05-11 14:35

      Ohh Venus, Look in the mirror sister,

      lorna.m.eaton - 2012-05-11 14:36

      Ignore it Manu, there is ALWAYS the race card in every thread one way or another. You've made a very strong point here.

  • Nathan - 2012-05-11 12:08

    I am disgusted at the fact that there was an "internal hearing" and that students responsible faced "temporary suspension." I am in favour of the family taking further legal steps. I hope that the parents of the responsible are proud of the children they have raised. I would suggest that the school consider replacing the absurdly minded headmaster as he has no ability to think. His school has just been defaced in South Africa and the students responsible simply got off with an "internal hearing" and a "temporary suspension." What rubbish. This unfortunate event is a form of bullying which no school should tolerate. The victim suffers such an immense amount of psychological trauma from which they seldom recover. My thoughts are with the family of the victim. Perpetrators: You are sick human beings who do not survive in this world because you are like a poison for which there is an antidote.

      Penny - 2012-05-11 12:55

      Most schools try to hush these sorts of incidents up to protect the "good name" of the school... if only they would realise that the school cannot have a good name as long as it does not ensure that the learners take responsibility for their behaviour....

  • izak.greyling - 2012-05-11 12:09

    Lock the bastards and coach up with hardened criminals and rapist and see how they enjoy being raped! For the school and parents,sue them for everything they have.

  • Bernice - 2012-05-11 12:20

    I read the most appalling of stories everyday of my life, but this cuts me to the core. When a person is put in a position of responsibility he should never ever ignore a child when they are asking for help. I can tell you know if this was my child, no stone will be left unturned until I have my DAY OF JUSTICE.

  • Charlie - 2012-05-11 12:32

    This principle, councilor, school and rugby coach can be flippen glad it's not my son...

  • Andile - 2012-05-11 12:47

    What has society become, and I'm sure by now we have reached a point of no return. Technology is truly amazing, the amount of innovation that comes through it. But I'm sure these boys didn't learn what they were doing from watching their parents do it. It must have been porn from either phones, internet or DVDs or a combination of all. The best way to combat this is to try and remove such evil people from society (I don't know how though).

  • Andile - 2012-05-11 12:51

    Maturity News24 readers!! This is the way to go! No one has mentioned race in the article and there really is no need for that. Let's continue maturing and we can make a difference. It begins with people like us who have got access to eye opening ideas.

  • songezo.kilani - 2012-05-11 12:53

    The is school is probably not worth much any way, sue them for what. Hey a girl was gang raped in ur area gauteng, what did you do about, now you meddling over an issue that happened 1000 miles away? Keep ur mouth shut

      lorna.m.eaton - 2012-05-11 14:52

      Firstly sonqezo.kilani, people have the right to comment on stories like this, the do not have to keep their mouth's shut! You are arrogant to order them to do so. Secondly, the gang rape of the girl was equally bad and every sane person on this thread condems it too. Lastly, do you actually KNOW how far 1000 miles is? You do? Go there!

      songezo.kilani - 2012-05-11 15:44

      @lorna m jst saying this guy should clean his house 1st, n yes keep his mouth shut while at it. I did'nt here his statement during the gang rape saga, and how social workers sent a mother crying for help away.

  • michael.duplessis.71 - 2012-05-11 14:02

    SO NOT! What school and or teacher in their righteous mind would allow that? Sue the brats who did this and their parents who are responsible for their upbringing. Its so easy to shift responsibilities or rather lack off, to the school. Do you really think a school/teacher would allow that if he/she knows what the outcome will be? No, not anymore. Parents should start taking responsibility.

      michael.duplessis.71 - 2012-05-11 14:41

      The one whom unliked this status: blame everything you do on someone or something else. Take responsibilty for your own actions man. Whats wrong with you, cant you stand up for yourself?

      lorna.m.eaton - 2012-05-11 14:56

      Michael, I understand the school was complicit in covering up or excusing the assault. Everyone involved here (parents too) are culpable.

  • kerry.tavares - 2012-05-11 14:09

    Can't begin to imagine how traumatised that poor boy must be but as a parent I am seething inside! We have to trust teachers and coaches to have our children's safety as a priority when in their care and this kind of negligence is heinous! I would be on the warpath for the coach, the perpetrators and their parents who clearly have not brought them up correctly! A serious example needs to be made of this case to deter future incidents!

  • Roy - 2012-05-11 14:09

    Anyone,senior state prosecutor,SAPS,Principal & coach should be investigated and if the truth comes out,they should all be punished,sacked and spend time in jail to see what this youngster went through.

  • Kerusha Naicker - 2012-05-11 14:29

    we live in a sick world, as a parent i will think twice b4 i sent my child on any school trip...

  • Dieter - 2012-05-11 14:31

    0800 123 321 ... lol!

  • Robin - 2012-05-11 14:46

    Be merciless with these bullies and the coach. If you insist on having initiation, it shouldnt be depraved and primitive.

  • ronell.germshuys - 2012-05-11 22:42

    Disgusting. This boy will be scared for the rest of his life. Children arent children anymore. When did rape become a game???? These children are horrible and must take as good as they gave.... Yes, call me a bitch, but those who rape, deserve to be raped

  • ronell.germshuys - 2012-05-11 23:06

    Wow, I just read a comment of a parent of a learner that goes to that school. Saying that the boy was drunk, the broom stick was held by his ass and a photo was taken, with the boy's concent, but no penetration took place. Who can you believe these days? Was the boy just making the story up, to not get in trouble for getting drunk on a field trip? Or was he actually violated? This is disgusting as it sheds a bad light and question mark on all rape victims. If he is lying about this, I will personally hunt him down and shove the whole broom up his ass

      Adil Smit - 2012-05-11 23:26

      Please remove your horrible comment. You are in effect threatening a traumatised boy.

  • Estelle - 2012-05-11 23:15

    The parents should also pay for what their children did. Where were the dissipline. Deffinitely no good upbringing there.

  • Thembi - 2012-05-12 11:08

    Yes the coach has to answer and face the concequences of negligence.but Parents let's teach our kids to stay away from liquour.How can a 16yr old drink until he passes while on a school tour?please for heavens sake teachings starts at home.

  • Kiran - 2012-05-12 19:04

    We should cut the head of this coach off and the hands of the kids...

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