Boy beaten up over child sex

2012-04-07 00:00

THREE people were arrested in Imbali, Pietermaritzburg, after enraged members of the community beat up a 16-year-old boy who had allegedly forced two children aged four and five to have sex, and filmed the act on his cellphone.

The three were arrested on charges of common assault for the alleged attack on the 16-year-old after finding the sex footage on his phone, which was shot in a disused minibus on Tuesday.

It is suspected that the 16-year-old called two younger boys, who were playing nearby, to join him in the vehicle and forced them to have sex. Apparently he can be heard giving instructions and showing the young ones what to do.

Police spokesperson Thulani Zwane confirmed the trio’s arrest. “They were released on warning at the Plessislaer police station and they will appear at Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.”

A woman who saw the video told Weekend Witness that she failed to understand why the police were taking so long to arrest the person who forced the children to have sex.

“I am disgusted by this. In this footage there are voices and hands of the older person giving instructions on how to do this the way he wants it.”

She said the footage was taken on Tuesday in a scrap minibus parked near the suspect’s home. “Kids used to say they are going to play computer games at that house. We did not have any problem with that. We did not suspect that they were going to be used in a video”.

The grandmother of the four-year-old boy said they feared for their lives after members of the suspect’s family paid them an unexpected visit, allegedly threatening them and demanding to know why they reported the matter to the police.

“They were threatening us, but we did not know that we were supposed to report to the police that they are intimidating us.”

The grandmother said the family reported the sex video incident to the police after the minors were examined by a doctor on Wednesday.

“Police took the footage and we are still waiting for a case number.”

However, police spokesperson Vincent Mdunge denied that a case has been opened regarding the alleged sex video and that the footage was with the police. “There is nothing we are investigating and no footage is with the police.”

The families of the two young boys claim that police are prioritising the assault case over the “sex abuse” of the children. “Police always say you must open a case if you are abused, but now they seem to be dragging their feet in investigating our case,” said the grandmother.

Ward councillor Caiphas Ndawonde said he was shocked to hear that this happened in his ward.

“I was not aware that this happened in my ward as no one has told me, but I will have to follow it up”.

The incident comes mere weeks after the arrests of several teenagers and a 21-year-old on the South Coast after a girl was allegedly gang-raped after a beach boozing session and cellphone video of the incident was circulated at the teens’ school.

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