Juveniles charged with ‘compelled rape’

2015-05-29 06:00

IN a shocking incident in Matatiele­, 11 juveniles were charged for compelling six children, younger than them, to have sex.

It is reported that the children aged between 10 and 12 were walking from Mapeng village to neighbouring Nko-noane village last Thursday.

On their way the children came across the boys (alleged suspects), aged between 11 and 17. The boys allegedly approached them and asked them what brings them to their village because they know their village is a no-go area for boys from nearby villages.

The incident came to light after a video, showing the children raping each other, made the rounds at a school in Mapeng­.

According to Matatiele SAPS spokesperson Lieutenant Raphael Motloung the suspects then led the children to a hiding place.

“The suspects started to beat them and compelled them to rape each other. They were also threatened that they would be beaten again if they did not comply with their instructions.”

Some of the suspects took videos of the children with their phones while the children raped each other and forced others to perform oral sex on them.

After doing what they were instructed they were allowed to go home. The suspects circulated the video of the victims performing the atrocious acts.

The matter was brought to the attention of the principal who immediately told the parents and the suspects were identified by the victims. The parents opened a case of compelled rape.

“The suspects were charged and released into parental­ custody because they are under age. They appeared in court on 28 May at Maluti Magistrate’s Court,” said Motloung.

The victims will be referred to social workers for counselling as they are very traumatised by the incident.

- Supplied


Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.