Charges dropped against rape accused teen

2012-09-06 21:44

Johannesburg - Charges were dropped on Thursday against a Soweto teenager accused of being one of a group who allegedly raped a girl believed to be mentally impaired.

The Roodepoort Magistrate's Court accepted an evaluation that the 14-year-old was not capable of committing a crime, his lawyer William Karam told reporters outside court.

National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Phindile Louw said social workers concluded the boy was not able to determine whether his actions were right or wrong.

Proceedings were held in camera as the accused was a minor.

The boy, who was 13-years-old when he was arrested, was among a group of seven men and boys arrested in Dobsonville, Soweto in April.

They had matched the description of the rapists seen in a cellphone video recording a gang rape.

The video went viral on the internet in April and became a trending topic on social networking site Twitter.

Karam said the boy would now attend social skills and sex education programmes.

The matter was postponed until November 14, when the remaining five accused were expected to appear.

Louw said their psychosocial reports would determine what charges would be laid against the group and where the trial would take place.

They face rape, sexual assault, using a minor to create child pornography and other charges.

The remaining accused include two boys aged 17, two 19-year-olds and an 18-year-old.

The 17-year-old girl went missing on March 21 and was found at a 37-year-old-man's house in Braamfischerville, Soweto. He was arrested but charges against him were later withdrawn.

Louw said she could not comment on the state of the girl.

She said the girl's family, who were in court on Thursday, were upset to hear of another accused being released.

"But after explaining why he was released they seemed to understand."

The girl's two sisters and mother were in court.

  • Jacky Mutsila - 2012-09-06 23:14


  • SharonE - 2012-09-06 23:25

    What are they doing?????? If he doesn't know the difference between right and wrong, are they through their actions not showing him that wrong is right?? Lady Justice is dead. May she rest in peace..

  • Mandy Casey - 2012-09-07 01:38

    A 4 year old knows what is wrong and right. Hypothetical question: if he attended the court room and shot the judge would they still say he does not know the difference!

  • Neil Alberts - 2012-09-07 05:43

    funny how he knew how to have sex but can differentiate between right and wrong???? rubbish excuse. Are these so called social workers qualified?? He knew where to stick it so he surely knows when and when not to use it! Poor excuse and injustice for the victim

  • Pete7930 - 2012-09-07 07:47

    Of course he cannot distinguish right from wrong, he is also mentally challenged! Along with 80% of SA population.

  • Hemlock - 2012-09-07 08:13

    Utter rubbish!

  • shelley.vorster.9 - 2012-09-07 08:22


  • nadineelvina.francis - 2012-09-07 10:01

    The world has gone mad.

  • sharon.houghton.984 - 2012-09-07 10:20

    Absolute rubbish!! Antoher criminal in the making - lock up your daughters!

  • cindy.naude.79 - 2012-09-07 10:39

    AMAZING! he was able to "determine" how to use the tools, but unable to "determine" that FORCING a girl to have sex is WRONG?!?

  • bless.boswell - 2012-09-07 11:20

    Any 13 yr old boy who does not know that rape is wrong should be locked away anyway. Absolute nonsense that the charges have been dropped.

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