Parents’ bid to stop rape video

2009-03-20 00:00

THE parents of a Durban teenager whose alleged gang rape was recorded on a cellphone have vowed to bring her attackers to book.

The video, which was shot at a house party in Phoenix, shows the 16-year-old girl lying naked on a bed while four boys in full school uniform engage in sexual intercourse with her.

The girl’s face is clearly visible while the boys’ backs are turned to the camera.

Apparently, the girl and the boys, who are pupils at Northmead Secondary in Phoenix, bunked school on February 26 and went to the house to drink and smoke dagga.

The five-minute video has been distributed among local high school pupils and factory workers and is even being sold for R10 at a Phoenix shopping centre.

The boys, aged between 15 and 17, made a brief appearance in the Verulam Magistrate’s Court on rape charges, but the case was thrown out by the state prosecutor who said that the girl’s statements in her affidavit were contradictory.

The video has sent shockwaves through the community, especially after the case was dismissed.

The girl’s parents told Weekend Witness they are disgusted with the manner in which the case has been handled and are seeking a high court interdict against the teenagers to prevent the further distribution of the video.

It is alleged that the fact that the girl is seen laughing in the video shows she consented to the sexual acts.

However, her father said his daughter admits she went to the party, but denies consenting to sexual intercourse. She alleges that she was drugged and then raped.

“The court has not done their job and has failed my daughter. I’m angry that she was questioned without her parents being present. She was so traumatised by what happened,” her father said.

He said the court’s ruling basically said it is okay for boys to abuse vulnerable girls like his daughter. His decision to speak out about the alleged rape stems from his fear it could happen to another young girl.

Even though the girl has withdrawn socially, her parents have encouraged her to be positive about her future.

He said he was angry that the boys were back at school and had spread rumours that his daughter had committed suicide.

The family’s lawyer, Rajesh Hiralall, will make the high court application next week.

Phoenix district education officers held a meeting this week to discuss the incident and possible disciplinary action against the boys.

The girl is undergoing counselling from Childline experts.

The principal of Northmead Secondary, Nelson Reddy, was unavailable for comment.

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