#onetoomany to march to Parly

2017-06-08 06:02
Community members and Ilitha Labantu protested outside Wynberg Magistrate’s Court, on Friday.PHOTO: Mbongiseni MASEKO

Community members and Ilitha Labantu protested outside Wynberg Magistrate’s Court, on Friday.PHOTO: Mbongiseni MASEKO

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One of the five suspects who allegedly gang-raped a 14 year old girl was arrested and appeared in the Wynberg Magistrate’s Court on Friday.

According to the police, the girl, from Gugulethu, was accosted by the five men in the vicinity of the GQ Lounge in NY129, while she was walking to a friend’s house not far from her home.

Communications Constable Sindisiwe Ngqele at the Gugulethu Police Station said the suspects abducted her while she was walking on the street.

“The victim was raped by five unknown Black males while she was on the way to a friend’s party. They forced her into a car and took her to a house, where they allegedly forced a tablet into her mouth so she can pass out. In the morning they told her not to tell anyone. When she saw the door unlocked, she then escaped. A suspect,32, has been arrested,” she said.

The other suspects are still at large.

Eric Ntabazalila, regional communication manager for National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), said the suspect would make his second court appearance on 28 June when he will apply for bail.

Ntabazalila also said the suspect is still in custody.

Residents together with members of Ilitha Labantu, a Non Governmental Organisation (NGO), protested outside the court on Friday demanding that the suspect should not be granted bail.

The mother of the victim who wished to remain anonymous said what they were going through was “very sad” and that her grandmother died soon after she learnt about the rape.

She said their hope is with the police now to arrest the suspects who are still at large.

Mzikayise Tyeku, community member, said they were there to support the family of the victim.

“It is a sad thing to have happened to the child. We say he must not get bail.”

Siyabulela Monakali, spokesperson for Ilitha Labantu, said it is high time violence against women and children stopped.

“We do not want such monsters in our society. It shows that we are not safe even if we are few metres away from our houses or in our streets.

It is so sad that we now talk about the killing of women and children instead of celebrating their achievements.

We say all perpetrators should rot in jail,” Monakali said.

Ilitha Labantu has partnered with other organisations and have launched the #OneTooManySa project, to raise awareness about the scourge of violence perpetrated on women and children and a call to action to bring perpetrators to book. On Wednesday March 14, they will march to the provincial parliament as part of the project.

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