KZN teens to appear in court over 'forced sodomy' of 10 boys

2016-02-10 15:24

Johannesburg – Four teenage boys were expected to appear at the Esikhaleni Magistrate's Court on Wednesday for allegedly forcing 10 younger boys to sodomise one another, KwaZulu-Natal police said.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Nqobile Gwala on Wednesday said the teens were charged with compelled rape and assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.  

Gwala said on Sunday, January 31, at around 11:00, the children were swimming at the Madaka reserve in Mkhobosa when they were attacked, allegedly by the suspects.

According to a report by The Zululand Observer, a group of 10 boys, aged between eight and 12, left their homes to go for a swim at Injunga Dam.

While cooling themselves, they were reportedly approached by a group of teenagers, who ordered them to strip naked before allegedly molesting them and forcing them to have sexual intercourse with one another, the paper said.

The matter reportedly came to light after video footage of the incident circulated on social media.

Four suspects, aged between 15 and 19, were arrested by the police.

Social Development MEC Weziwe Thusi said in a statement that she was outraged by the incident.  

"This incident is shocking and I would not want to say much about it before hearing from our social workers.

"I have asked that a team of social workers be established to attend to the victims and their families, while a probation officer attends to the four child offenders," said Thusi.


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