Charges withdrawn against Jules High sex pupils

2010-12-02 07:17

The charges against three Jules High School pupils, who were initially reported to be responsible for a gang rape, were provisionally withdrawn in the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court.

The court instructed the three teenagers to go through a three-month diversion programme, The Star newspaper reported.

The three will not have criminal records to their names if they complete the programme.

The boys were arrested on November 8 after allegedly raping the girl at her school in Jeppestown on November 4. They allegedly filmed the incident on their cellphones, which was later shown to prosecutors as evidence.

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) charged the girl under the new Child Justice Act after she admitted that the sex was consensual.

The Teddy Bear Clinic, which was opposed to the new law, presented a plan for a diversion programme for the teenagers.

“The programme will make them aware of the legislation, unlawful behaviour and the repercussions thereof,” said the clinic’s assistant director, Shaheda Omar.

NPA spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga said the teenagers would be issued with arrest warrants and charged with contempt if they failed to honour the programme.

Investigations into the filming, possession and distribution of the cellphone video clip would continue, the newspaper reported.

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