Gang-raped teen's mom a victim too – Mthethwa

2012-04-24 20:10

Johannesburg - Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa on Tuesday visited the home of the Soweto teenager who was gang-raped last week.

"We came here primarily to interact with members of the community... We've heard that some are angry with the mother of the child. We contend that she is also a victim and we've come to plead with them to protect her," the minister said.

Mthethwa was pleased with the support shown by the community.

"The response from the community is that they are here themselves to protect such families," he said.

The minister was scheduled to visit several communities in Soweto, to thank them for their support and to urge them to build and strengthen their relationship with the police.

This initiative comes after the video-taped gang-rape of a 17-year-old Soweto girl.

Seven of the accused, including two minors, appeared in the Roodepoort Magistrate's Court on April 19, while the 37-year-old accused of kidnapping and holding the girl against her will appeared on Friday.

The cases were postponed to April 25 and May 4 respectively for further investigation.

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-04-24 20:44

    Funny how politicians arrive after the fact,like the cops in american movies,guess what this isnt a movie its real life.Every rape,theft,robbery,hijacking,wreckless drive,corruption etc victim should sue the government big time until they got no more of our tax money left.

  • Cassandra Olivier - 2012-04-24 21:57

    The mother should go to jail to she knew what was going on and did nothing to stop it

  • Keith - 2012-04-24 22:22

    This would be a good opportunity for the Minister not to let the iron get cold and continue w/ community outreach. He and the police will be surprised if they continue, how much better relations will be as well as other crime solving input from the community, so as not to encourage vigilante actions as the only recourse the community feels they have.

  • ttbone1 - 2012-04-25 05:01

    hw cn does 2 girls get a bail,if it ws a boy he wil b in barz,it shows dat the state is agains male person,females dnt get arrsted whn dey hv rape,dats nt fair.

      Dazz - 2012-04-25 15:28

      were you sober enough when writing this comment?

  • Itu Santino Cortez - 2012-04-25 05:52

    I saw the video, its annoying and disgusting , one of guys said they should stop but the others said they wanted more and the only thing the girl asked was , were's my R2 ? It shows that those guys dont have girlfriends.

      Kate - 2012-04-25 08:50

      I am wondering Itu, what made you watch the video?

      Itu Santino Cortez - 2012-04-25 08:57

      Curiosity. I thought they were lying when they said she got raped by 7 boys and she was mentally unstable

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