Tragedy of a girl called 'Jackpot'
Lucas Ledwaba, City Press
Soweto - They call her "Jackpot".
This is the nickname given to the Soweto teenager, whose alleged rapists appeared in court last week, by some of her male neighbours.
The country is reeling in the wake of the attack and calls for justice have been issued from every corner. Cabinet released a strongly worded statement about the rape.
The girl is 17, but reportedly has the mental age of a small child.
In the streets of Snake Park, residents painted a picture of a naive young girl who would have sex with men in exchange for paltry amounts of cash or kota – a popular township meal similar to bunny chow.
But the horrific attack on the girl, caught on film and distributed from cellphone to cellphone, has left public opinion in Snake Park divided.
Some neighbours believe the teen’s mother is to blame, whereas others want to know why more men haven’t been arrested.
After all, they say, the girl called "Jackpot" is an easy target for local men seeking sex.