Gang-raped - at school

2010-11-06 00:00

THREE boys allegedly took turns raping a 15-year-old girl of Soweto on the sports field of a Johannesburg school while other children were taking cellphone photos and videos of the incident.

A few teachers subsequently saw the video recording and stood in a circle laughing, according to the victim’s older sister. She said some of them, and some students, said the victim, a grade eight girl, deserved it because she was drunk.

The incident took place at about 11 am on Thursday at Jules High School in Jeppestown.

Two of the suspected rapists are in grade 10 at the school, while the third is from another school.

By yesterday the boys had not yet been arrested, as the investigation was still under way, according to police spokesperson Warrant Officer Richard Munyai. He confirmed the incident.

The girl’s friend (also 15) said their ordeal began when they asked some of their classmates for money for cooldrinks. “We had R13, but needed more, so we asked some of our classmates to chip in.

“One of them took out R100 and gave it to someone to go and buy cooldrink. They later returned with a two-litre Sprite.”

The friend said several of them drank from the bottle.

She and her friend drank most of it. They started feeling dizzy and went to sleep under a tree on the sports field. Later on, some pupils woke her up, saying her friend is in trouble. “When I tried to help her, they shoved me around and started hitting me. They said, ‘Leave her alone, it’s her life.’”

The victim said she could not remember much of what had happened because she was confused and lost consciousness.

“One of the boys said, ‘Please, you be on top, because I’m tired now.’ I thought I was dreaming.

“He then put me on top of himself. Another boy squeezed me and threw me down on the ground.”

The girls’ family members said they are angry with the school’s principal because of his lack of support. “He said he doesn’t want to be involved and basically just protected himself and the school. He was on those boys’ side,” the friend’s father said.

He said the school did not even offer the girls any counselling. According to the girls, the principal chased them away from the school, saying they should go to the police.

The families fear for the girls’ safety, however, because the boys are still at the school.

The girls were due to write an English examination yesterday, but didn’t go to school.

Alet Rademeyer quotes Gauteng schools spokesperson Charles Phahlane saying the school reported the incident immediately.

Phahlane said the parents of the suspected offenders were summoned to the school and disciplinary procedures will follow.

He said the department views the incident in an extremely serious light, and the boys can expect serious action if found guilty.

The school’s principal, G. van Vuuren, would not comment yesterday.

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