One of gang rape accused aged 13

2012-04-25 12:24

Johannesburg - It emerged on Wednesday that four of the accused in a gang rape case underway in the Roodepoort Magistrate’s Court are minors, with one of them being 13-years-old.

"Prosecutors will decide whether they will be subjected to full prosecution or a diversion programme.

Then we'll deal with bail application," National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga said at court.

"The preliminary inquiry is done in terms of the Child Justice Act."

Seven people, including four minors, were arrested in Dobsonville, Soweto on April 17, after they were matched to the descriptions of the rapists seen in a cellphone video recording of a gang rape.

The video of the 17-year-old mentally ill girl being raped went "viral" on the internet on April 18, and was one of the main topics trending on social networking site Twitter.

Mhaga said investigations confirmed that one of the seven is 13-years-old, three of them are 17, one 18, and two 19.

A small group of protesters had gathered outside the court on Wednesday in support of the girl and her family. The girl's older sister was at court.

Mhaga said there were preliminary charges based on NPA prosecutors having seen the video.

"They will be facing several counts of rape, sexual assault, engaging sexual services of a minor for a reward, using a minor to create child pornography, committing a sexual act in the presence of a minor, committing a sexual act in the presence of an adult.

"They will also be facing charges that relate to the contravention of the Films and Publications Act, which is creating, possession and distributing child porn."

At the first court appearance, Gauteng safety and security MEC Faith Mazibuko said the attackers had to be punished.

"We want to call on all men and women... As men let's use our brains to think, let's not use our trousers to think. If you use your trouser, your trouser will put you in jail."

The courtroom was packed ahead of the bail hearing.

  • stoute.babuseng - 2012-04-25 12:33

    13 WTF!!!!!! at that age the only thing that mattered to me was playing football with my friends nothing else, kids of today are FU%KED for real, well thanks to cANCer

      Marion - 2012-04-25 12:41

      I was still playing with Barbie dolls.

      Peter-Peter - 2012-04-25 12:50 that age i think i had JUST got my first underarm hair...i was so proud. Still pretty much only have the one hair and im 30...but life goes on. As for this other little have got a very dark life ahead of sick little s**t...

      Kevin - 2012-04-25 12:52

      In Soweto Jackrolling is far more enjoyable than football, ask the boys, 25% of them think its fun!

      Tracy - 2012-04-25 13:26

      My son is 13. Shudder to think.....!

      Greg - 2012-04-25 13:33

      Absolutely shocking, and yet somehow unsurprising... prosecute him with the rest of them, any claim 'he didn't have the mental capacity to understand his actions' is absolute sh#t...

      Sean - 2012-04-25 13:54

      Just get rid of the b@stard !!!

      carpejugulim - 2012-04-25 14:09

      If they are old enough to commit an adult crime then they are mentally old enough to be tried and sentenced as an adult. Any 13 year old has the mental capacity to tell the difference between right and wrong

      Peter - 2012-04-25 15:00

      We actually knew from day 1 that a 13 year old was involved? And the news here is what??

  • CharlesDumbwin - 2012-04-25 12:58

    Who is raising 13-year-old boys that r@pe ???

  • Piet - 2012-04-25 13:02

    Castrate the bastards before they get older....Should do to all rapists...

      Nadine - 2012-04-25 13:07

      rape is an adult crime - they should be tried as adults

      Peter - 2012-04-25 15:01

      Well spotted Kevin King.

  • springbokke - 2012-04-25 13:21

    If you can do the crime you must do the time......

  • Sidney - 2012-04-25 13:23

    Exterminate the scum now and save society a lot of trouble and money in the future. Miscreants like this have no reason to exist and we as taxpayers should refuse to pay for the state to keep them alive in prison for any length of time. Best solution is to turn them into fertiliser, at least then they will be of some use to society.

  • stoute.babuseng - 2012-04-25 13:42

    @Kensong what i'm saying is that our government failed this kids

      Nikki Bodenstein - 2012-04-27 01:46

      No their parents did.

  • Antipoaching - 2012-04-25 13:48

    time we start trying minors accused of crimes of this nature as adults, forget all this bull about not have the mental capacity to form intent etc etc etc claptrap. Thugs keep yaddering about their bloody rights well we, the people, have the right to live in safety, lock the b*stards up and melt the key

  • Stewart - 2012-04-28 18:02

    What is wrong with this kid?

  • charmaine.mcdonald2 - 2012-05-03 16:53

    It is now the trouser, it is the man and his penis.

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