Tragedy of a girl called Jackpot

2012-04-21 18:26

They call her Jackpot.

This is the nickname given to the Soweto teenager, whose alleged rapists appeared in court this 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 this week, 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.

» You can help

City Press and the Daily Sun have established a fund for the 17-year-old rape survivor from Braamfischerville to support her family in assisting her with the help she needs. Her family has agreed to the initiative and will meet us this week to determine how best to use the contributions. Donations can by made at Absa Bank into the following account:


Account number: 4073526003

Branch: Von Wielligh

Branch code: 632005

Clearly add the reference “RAPE” to your deposit

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