Parktown Boys case struck off - again

2012-01-20 12:05

Johannesburg - A case of assault against a group of Parktown Boys' High School pupils has been struck off the court roll for a second time, it was reported on Friday.

Pene Kimber, the mother of one of the alleged victims, told The Star that the case was struck off the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court roll on Thursday.

The magistrate dismissed the case because the investigating officer had not delivered subpoenas to all the accused and some of them were not signed or correctly dated.

In February 2009, Kimber reported an alleged assault on her son by 12 matric pupils at the school.

Initiation ritual

Her son and other Grade 11 pupils in his hostel were allegedly stripped naked, had Deep Heat rubbed on their genitals and were beaten with cricket bats, hockey sticks, golf clubs and whips as part of an initiation ritual.

The case was struck off the roll in November 2010. It had been postponed 12 times prior to that.

Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions Kholeka Gcaleka confirmed that her office had decided the matter should go to trial.

"Representations had been filed with the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions... After in-depth consideration the director instructed that prosecution in the matter must proceed against the accused," Gcaleka said.

Kimber said it had taken eight months after the director's office made the decision for the case to appear on the court roll again.

"I just kept on fighting. It really made me realise that you have to do it yourself if you want justice to happen," she said.

  • Gregory - 2012-01-20 12:22

    Shocking, but way to go lady. Fight for what is RIGHT. This wasn't just a little ole game that boys play which makes them men. That's for barbarians, and glad you haven't lost the spirit along the way.

  • Thys - 2012-01-20 12:29

    Kimber is embarrassing herself and her son. Life goes on.

      nasheenar - 2012-01-20 12:37

      Are you serious ??????????? You dont feel justice should be served or that maybe this should end in schools, initiations that is.

      Linda - 2012-01-20 13:01

      Yes Thys, life goes on. Unfortunately this sort of traumatic experience can have long term negative effects on the victims. Not everyone is a tough guy.

      Gungets - 2012-01-20 13:33

      If you have seen the TV interviews with the woman you would know that this is less about the boy and a whole lot more about her. Even on Carte Blanche she came across as a nutcase. I don't condone physical initiation (my son is at Boarding school), but Cruella has gone well over the top with this.

      Bert - 2012-01-20 13:59

      Hey Thys, solid bonehead dutchman hey!!!

      Corne - 2012-01-20 14:26

      @Linda - With a mother like this he should be a tough gay

      louis.wainwright - 2012-01-20 15:13

      I'm with Thys - these initiations have been going on since the Boys Hostels started. Now because some Mommy's poor little boy got a bit hurt, it's barbaric! Com'on - jacks, flaps, hidings, call them what you want did not destroy any young guys confidence or cause traumatic experiences. What a load of bull. Years of tradition out the window for one poor little boy's mommy!!!

      Corne - 2012-01-20 15:32

      @BERT - YOU A-HOLE

      Ruan - 2012-01-20 16:06

      I aggree with Thys!!! Interesting fact though, everyone gets bullied sometime in their life, yet it stops after you stand up for yourself, but the kids/grownups that cant do that have a whole life of it, and i dont feel sorry for the last.

      Ruan - 2012-01-20 16:08

      Oh yes and Bert, i see you're bringing the bigboy insults!! joke!!!

      Bert - 2012-01-20 17:42

      Ja Corne, summed up proper hey, my mate.

  • djsmuts - 2012-01-20 12:29

    Jeepers let it go already. Same thing happened to me when I was at boarding school but this matter should have been resolved in 2009.

      Saffa - 2012-01-20 13:13

      @djsmuts - agreed. I feel so sorry for the son. If he thought the initiation was traumatic...the backlash and embarassment this kid must STILL be feeling due to his mothers seemingly endless 'crusade' is probably worse.... Not as though his identity is secret....with mummy plastering herself all over Carte Blanche and other media for 3 years. This woman is OBVIOUSLY not thinking of her son...but of her own 'public image'.

      wilma.botts - 2012-01-20 16:58

      hope your little princesess or princes are finsihed with school...if not let see how all your big mouths handle a similar situation

      George - 2012-01-20 19:46

      Change to another school or send your kids overseas to be schooled You are wasting a lot of money to get you what. Your kid will need counceling for a long time to come and will never talk about there school days again just out of Embarrassment. Stop it now

  • Adrian - 2012-01-20 12:32

    I was initiated at School, it's part of going to all boys school. You learn tradition and discipline! #justsaying #thatisall

      Repline - 2012-01-20 12:55

      The only thing you learn through this form of orientation is fear and degradation. I have alot of respect for different form of orientation but what these boys did has NO moral grounds and in itself actually shows a lack of discipline and tradition. You respect other human beings not degrade them to the point where they become no better than slaves - this is just another form of torture, gently wrapped with a big name that sounds all soft and cuddly.

      Jannie - 2012-01-20 16:02

      me too, made me and my buddies stand together, we were initiated, and then built up, we were unseparable after that,

  • Saffa - 2012-01-20 12:36

    I feel sorry for this woman's son first and foremost. It certainly seems as though this helicopter mom enjoys the continued 'publicity' - whilst I bet her son is cringing!!!!

  • Shirley - 2012-01-20 12:56

    Wether or not she is right or wrong to continue it still shows blatantly how courts waste time and money-they should of served the subpoenas and come on how hard is it to put the correct dates! Shoddy work from a shoddy system!

      Cracker - 2012-01-20 14:05

      @ Shirley Exactly.

  • Bianca - 2012-01-20 12:58

    I was in Boarding School and we also had to go throught the initiation process, bathed in mud, rolled in flour etc etc... it is all part of things, as long as things do not get out of hand, it is all meant in good fun!!! How long ago did this happen? It really is time to just give it a rest!!!

      Repline - 2012-01-20 13:05

      And were you whipped and hit by your seniors as well?

      leigh.ridgway - 2012-01-20 13:07

      @ Bianca - It makes no difference when this happened. It's not the mothers fault that the servants of the courts can't do their jobs properly. You were 'rolled in flour' and 'bathed in mud'. Shew, how traumatic! (sarcasm). Tell me, did you get your private parts rubbed with deep heat? Did you get beaten with cricket bats, golf clubs and whips? I think you are comparing two completely different experiences.

      Jannie - 2012-01-20 16:03

      they played tennis with me, i was the tennis ball and the players had cricket bats, the net was a waist high rope i had to jump over:) all in good fun.

      Ruan - 2012-01-20 16:12

      I had the deep heat thing done, and so what? so did my whole team! thank goodness we dont have to hunt our own food anymore otherwise that kid and his mom probably wouldnt have made it.

  • Vegi - 2012-01-20 13:16

    Shirley and the editor Firstly the case is not dismissed Mr editor. It is merely removed from the roll and will be re-instated at the appropriate time when the state's house is in order. No point wasting time coming to court while things are still in disarray. Secondly Shirley, subpoenas are not served by the court, they are served by the police who are notoriously inept. The courts do have their own foibles, but they are not to blame this time.

      Shirley - 2012-01-20 14:27

      They are still part of the justice system in this country are they not??????

  • TheWatcher - 2012-01-20 13:22

    'The magistrate dismissed the case because the investigating officer had not delivered subpoenas to all the accused and some of them were not signed or correctly dated.' Whether this is incompetence or bribery the investigating officer should be disciplined. This happens far too often.

  • TheWatcher - 2012-01-20 13:31

    Initiation is fine when done in good humour but this is just stupid. We had to make matric beds, answer the phone in less than 3 rings and go to the tuckshop at breaktime with the matrics money. They did try some stupid stuff but they gave up after a while: They tried to get me to ask a matric girl rather personal questions with regards to underwear size and colour among other things. I asked the fool trying to get me to do it to write it down in case I forget. Then I wrote his name on it, handed it to the girl and stood back to watch the fireworks... Then ran like hell!

  • Corne - 2012-01-20 13:39

    Seems all the comments supporting this lady is coming from woman. Makes you think. Mabe this guy was/is a real mommas boy

      Saffa - 2012-01-20 13:47

      I am female, and I have not supported this nutcase from Day 1. ANY person can see she is a publicity 'ho', and has been from the getgo. In fact:I will go as far as to say she FEELS NOTHING for her son - if she did, she would have kept out of the news and disappeared into the sunset.

  • Di - 2012-01-20 13:55

    This was not a case of a little initiation folks - I have seen the pictures. This was a case of a bum so black you could hardly tell the skin colour of the young man in question. Deap Heat on genitals - is this not a form of sexual assault? By the way - this isnt a mothers revenge - her son wants justice too! Common assault - and we attack the mother? Wait until it is your son and let's see your reaction! Bonding experience? Shew - you didnt see the boys bonding yesterday at court - in fact they were scattered - so, did this "bonding" exercise help? Abuse is abuse? When does it stop? When a man brutely assaults his wife and her genitals and then kills his step son? Is that when we all stand aghast. Please people - get a life!

      Gregory - 2012-01-20 14:04

      Excellent point Di. And yes, the perpetrators are no longer even talking to each other, so what exactly was the point of the 'initiation'? Initiation into what is another point......... Your last mentioned point is indeed extremely apt. This is unfortunately when it becomes a 'even when he was at school' type of scenario, from the very macho, very brave, very real..... men, who here are knocking the fact that a youngster was humiliated and beaten in this fashion. It doesn't say anything positive about our society, and in professional fields, stands out with regards to the many abused women and children in South Africa

      Saffa - 2012-01-20 14:16

      Di: 98% of boys would not have even TOLD their mummies....I say again, this young man will carry the scars of the MEDIA CRUSADE far more than the scars on his bum. He has been branded a 'mummy's boy, a klikbek and worse' - now THAT is sadder, because such branding lasts and lasts and lasts....When he hits university his mother will still be 'knackering on about his initiation in Std 6' - and you know what Di, the STIGMA of that is worse than what ANY initiation 'klap' could have done. FACT. Tell Mummy Kimber that if she had kept her identity secret and her face out of the news for longer than 2 days, a few of us might have taken her crusade a little more seriously.

      Kim - 2012-01-20 15:55

      Is that your real name Saffa? Did not think so. You probably one of those Parktown prawns

      Jannie - 2012-01-20 16:06

      i had deep heat on my jewels on rugby tour, it burned for a while and then it was ok, it didnt emotionally scar me.

  • Terrence - 2012-01-20 13:58

    Hell some people pay good money to be stripped naked and whipped. Just saying... Besides I wish I had a chance to go to a boarding school. Sounds like fun. They could have made me run the comrades naked and I still would have enjoyed the school away from home experience.

  • Trevor - 2012-01-20 14:07

    The SA way, drag it out in court till everyone forgets are begins to say, "ag it's not that serious, lets just move one..."....and those same people whine and whine about crime, corruption...just goes to show how crime in SA has hammered us for soooo long that people don't even regard this as a crime, where do you draw the line....

  • Dee - 2012-01-20 14:12

    Let it go lady your'e doing more damage to your son than the initiation ever could, he is being percieved as a weak little mommy's boy . I bet he wishes you would stop being such an overbearing mother & let him get on with his life. This has more to do with your stubborn pride than anything else. Think of your son & not yourself & stop embarrasing him.

      Corne - 2012-01-20 14:15

      Wonder what he's doing today - Hiding in his room ander mommy's watchful eyes?

  • Justin - 2012-01-20 14:36

    Really pathetic of the mother in my view! They are young men and they have learnt their lesson, there is absolutely no reason to take it further. I think this whole thing has no turned turned into a personal campaign for the mom! In any other circumstances these boys would have been diverted away from the formal criminal justice into one of NICRO's recognised diversion programmes so they would not get criminal records at their age! By drumming up the media the mother placed pressure on the NPA and they refused to divert the boys! So these boys have now been persecuted in the media and, as a result of the shenanigans of the mother, they are being forced directly into the formal justice system! BS I say! Her son is not the only one with rights in the circumstances that prevail!!!

  • ludlowdj - 2012-01-20 14:49

    Its in overlooking the small infractions of the young that we not only facilitate but also condone what they do in later life. The boys who metered out this initiation if not reprimanded will grow up to be the wife beaters and brawlers of the new generation. Irrespective of personal feeling, one can never condone a physical assault on another person

      Jannie - 2012-01-20 16:08

      i was chairmain of the initiation committee in matric at my boys school, I am not a wife beater or thug, im pretty normal. we never physically hurt the initiates, i think the worst my fellow puplis did was bogwash someone, the person who was bogwashed is now a springbok rugby player

  • Corne - 2012-01-20 15:03

    "She said she and her husband had always disciplined their children by withholding privileges, not by physical abuse." - taken from a previous news24 report. And this is the reason why children these days do as they please and have no respect for anything or anybody. There is only one thing a child understand - A GOOD OLD SMACK!!!!

  • Heather - 2012-01-20 19:22

    Get over it lady. You are humiliating your boy. Growing up in a house full of boys, I know how weird they can be and this has been going on in boy's schools for decades. They all get over it and take it as it comes eventually, but this woman is lining her son up for years and years of ridicule. How come out of all the boys put through their insinuation, this is the only boy who has been traumatized?

      Marlene - 2012-01-20 19:46

      I think most of us have had to deal with some initiation when we were younger. I remember we were all terrified on our first day of high school, but it didn't turn out that bad. BUT, sometimes, its taken too far and real injury can occur. In my opinion, it then stops being initiation and becomes assault. There is a very thin line separating the two.

  • GOKUGOKU - 2012-01-20 20:18

    OK - so, it is ok to beat a persons bum black and blue. OK to have deap heat rubbed on your genitals. When is it not ok? Is it ok to rob a bank, rape a person, physical abuse people, give someone HIV, when is it ok folks and when is it not ok? Surely if we have a law - or laws - people should abide by this? The law was broken here folks - 12 pupils physically abused pupils - is this ok? Enough is enough! Well done Pene Kimber - I salute you! Well done to your son who, by the way, has indicated to the Public Prosecutor that he is more than willing to testify when this goes to trial. Pene - you have had to contend with this, being followed and your car tyre's slit, had death threats, had false acqusations etc and yet you have still persisted - well done, well done, well done! If these parent had only taken their children and made them apologise, things could have been so different. These "righteous" people on this site - how I would love to see this happening to their sons and then lets hear them! These 12 think they are beyond the law - let the law take its course. Abuse is abuse!

  • Heather - 2012-01-21 09:21

    Believe me as a mother. If my son had to come home after an initiation like this, I would be livid. I would be horrified, BUT, I would have to let him deal with it in his own way. What Penny Kimber is doing to her son is far worst than the initiation.

      Heather - 2012-01-21 09:23

      Think about it. Remember the days when the boys had to go to the army. How would Penny Kimbers little boy ever have survived?

      Kim - 2012-01-21 10:07

      Perhaps you should look at the facts before you comment Heather. Sexual and Physical abuse is certainly not a place in any school. Parktown Boys has had a reputation for sexual and physical abuse for years. I believe Ms Kimber is doing the right thing by exposing this school. After all. There is the Initiation Act, Schools Act and most importantly the schools own Code of Conduct. The Head Boy himself, kaizer Tabane and the other 11 matrics were suspended and had a final written warning. One month after the Kimber incident, Kaizer assaulted a grade 9 pupil. So this means that the boys in that school have free rein leadership which is assault. Read the Human Rights Act Heather. No child at school needs to be initiated to the extent that the Parktown Boys initiated the grade 11's. We live in a society were crime is high. Morals, values and respect are taught when humans are children. If parents cannot instil this in their child at an early age, then you wonder why SA has one of the highest crime rates.

      Kim - 2012-01-21 10:50

      Oh, and may I just add Heather. I see you have a child. I do hope it is a boy and you send him to Parktown but still feel the same way when your child is initiated the same way as the Kimber's son.

      Heather - 2012-01-21 10:56

      Kim. I have looked at the facts. My father, 3 brother's and my husband all did their schooling at Parktown Boy's and are all quite fine. I don't approve of it either, but what this woman is doing is crazy. Let it go already or heaven's sake. Where are all the other boys who went through this initiation? Nobody has heard a peek out of them or their parents.

      Heather - 2012-01-21 11:03

      Oh and by the way Kim. I have 3 children. Two of them boys who are now grown men and I have never interfered in their battles. They were taught to stand up for themselves and be men. Mommy did not fight their battles for them!!

      Kim - 2012-01-21 11:16

      Spoken like a true Parktonian, and you married to one too. So you have just confirmed that this physical assault does indeed take place at Parktown Boys High and clearly has for years!! Let this brotherhood continue. It makes men of you. BS. People like you are ones who scream at the voilence in SA, but condone physical and sexual assault in schools. Some mother you are

      Heather - 2012-01-21 12:02

      Kim. You are being absolutely ridiculous now. You know absolutely nothing about me or my family. I do not condone any form of violence and have not at any stage in my comments confirmed that this takes place at Parktown Boys. If you want to make silly silly comments, please read my comments first. I don't see the connection between this incident and the violence in South Africa. Oh and by the way, I am an excellent mother who has a really good relationship with all 3 of my children. I have not insulted you once. I suggest you have the dignity not to insult me.

  • John - 2012-01-21 10:23

    I would love to hear how the accused justify their actions; deliberately waiting up until all potential witnesses were asleep so that they could enjoy their vile perversion by rubbing a cream into the genitals of submissive younger boys. I trust that they have been charged with sexual assault.

  • Di - 2012-01-23 05:59

    Read a child looses their life in an orientation exercise. When is initiation / orientation ok, and when is it not?

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