Possessing gang rape video a crime

2012-04-18 12:01

Johannesburg - Possessing or distributing a video of the gang rape of a 17-year-old missing girl is a criminal offence, the Film and Publication Board said on Wednesday.

"The 'rape video' is said to contain explicit sexual images of a minor, unwillingly involved in an act of sexual violence perpetrated by seven males," CEO Yoliswa Makhasi said in a statement.

Police spokesperson Warrant Officer Kay Makhubela said the girl, who was reported missing in Soweto on March 25, was raped last week by at least seven males.

The video, taken by someone on a cellphone, has reportedly gone viral and was one of the main topics trending on social networking site Twitter.

Extra charge for rapists

Makhubela said five men and two minors were arrested in Dobsonville on Tuesday.

"In terms of the Films and Publications Act, minors may not be used or featured in pornographic content and the creation, possession and distribution of child pornography is illegal," said Makhasi.

She said she would also approach the prosecutors in the case to ask them to charge the men for creating and distributing child pornography.

"We also urge the media not to publish links or explicit images emanating from the 'rape video' in this regard," she said.


Minister of Woman, Children and People with Disabilities Lulu Xingwana has condemned the act and said the distribution of pornographic material was a criminal offence.

"In addition to the painful ordeal of rape the young woman was forced to endure, she is now subjected to a second assault on her dignity," said Xingwana in a statement.

She said she was confident that the justice system would impose the harshest possible sentence on those who had committed the crime.

The department’s spokesperson Cornelius Tanana Monama told News24 that it was working with various ministries such as social development and the police to raise certain issues.

Monama said the ministry is also pushing for harsher sentences for those committing gender-based crimes.

  • Ben - 2012-04-18 12:09

    Disturbing to know that these are the type of people who live in this country.

      michal.mierzwa - 2012-04-18 15:25

      And whats even more disturbing is that officials are portraying harshest punishments which they "apparently" will hand out. Ask the victims, how many perpetrators get away with slap on their penis and maybe few years in jail to shut the public. What about a destroyed life of this girl? Can you put a price to that! Our justice system is absurd!

  • nishaatf - 2012-04-18 12:10

    Let them go to jail, its enough they had rap this child , and still to take a video as well , SICK PEOPLE , what is this world comming to

  • mark.myburgh1 - 2012-04-18 12:10

    DOODSTRAF mense!!!bring dit terug!!kan regtig net my kop skud!

  • rbphiri - 2012-04-18 12:10

    castrate the bastards from the neck up, since they dikcheads

  • Sharon - 2012-04-18 12:15

    Who would even watch a video like this? I certainly wouldn't, the mere thought makes my stomache turn. There is no limit to the harm that one person could inflict on another. I don't even need to watch horror movies, real life is far far worse.

      Samantha - 2012-04-18 12:29

      my thoughts exactly!

      dumisiledee - 2012-04-18 13:11

      I'm also disappointed at the people who request and watch this video I mean really! why watch and distribute such a video? They are no better than the people who commited this act.

  • John - 2012-04-18 12:16

    The more I read the comments the more I understand why these things are happening in our world. You can comment all you want, judge all you want, and cry all you want but until people start standing up and doing something about it, things wont change. And I am not talking about mob justice. SA turn back to God.

      Emily-Jane Elson - 2012-04-18 12:36

      John it is SO frustrating for those of us who wish and hope real justice could be served.. There is not much we can do but get irate and blame the government as they don't do anything about it but you're right, we need to pray to God for a miracle! This is the only way and hope we have.. The human race is disgusting and we are more tainted as the days go by..

      johncarlos.biza - 2012-04-18 12:47

      Yeah but god's word is full of evil itself. We might end up stoning menstruating women and gay men. Rather we turn back to common know, doing right and avoiding wrong.

      Narike - 2012-04-18 13:21

      I agree with your first 2 sentences. Interesting how people seem more concerned with revenge than the girl's safety. She's a mentally disabled girl who's still missing, people. Let's hope she is found alive and is given proper care and treatment to help her heal.

  • Thoka - 2012-04-18 12:19

    How did they escape Dobsonville community??? chop their willies. there must be no mercy for this criminals.

      Foc - 2012-04-18 12:56

      Thoka maybe the Dobsonville people do not take this very seriously? It worries me that the Dobsonville people are happily watching the video and passing it on to their friends and family. Maybe we should not ONLY be concerned with the criminals but also with society at large!!

  • tshifhiwa.kt - 2012-04-18 12:19

    verdit ths dud must given chance 2 rape themselves too..jury

      Foc - 2012-04-18 13:09


      Waldo - 2012-04-18 13:39

      Try to sober up before using your keyboard....

  • John - 2012-04-18 12:22

    The more I read the comments the more I understand why these things are happening in our world. You can comment all you want, judge all you want, and cry all you want but until people start standing up and doing something about it, things wont change. And I am not talking about mob justice. SA turn back to God.

  • Stanley - 2012-04-18 12:31

    hang the animals...or better yet,let them go through the embarassing torture of the local mob-justice gang!!!

  • Jack - 2012-04-18 12:34

    It's a local thing.

      spartanx93 - 2012-04-18 12:37

      m@nkey see, m@nkey do.

  • Steve - 2012-04-18 12:40

    A criminal offence? No really? Pathetic.

  • Shimi - 2012-04-18 12:52

    These guys mst b hangd hw cld dy a such hrrble thng?

  • celestia1.february - 2012-04-18 12:58

    Bring back the death penalty !!!! Innocent People will rather get sentenced for defending themselves on their own property but a murderer, rapist goes free 99% in most cases.

  • JNaMolefe - 2012-04-18 13:01

    It would be the best is to give them a life sentence, they will never to get out of the prison fences!

  • pswafo1 - 2012-04-18 13:02

    They must be castrated so that they wont do it to another innocent girls.

  • wmaries - 2012-04-18 13:03

    Such Acts by youngsters and children, comes down to A LACK awareness and a lack of Education. Government and departments is to blame for these constant cruel acts, happening in our communities and particularly the townships. Yes we are the fortunate few that read these stories and understand the consequences. But some of our people are being punish for ACTS THAT IS WRONG YES, and now they face a rotten future. Is it not in the interest of so-called establish Community Police FORUMS, AND GOVERNMENT TO TEACH PEOPLE AND MAKE THEM AWARE OF THE WRONGS....AT THE SAME TIME PROTECTING OUR FUTURE GENERATION. Common sense or why do we VOTE, or what do we VOTE FOR. CORRUPTION AND "F" THE REST

  • Olivia - 2012-04-18 13:11

    castrate them without anaesthetics!!!!

  • Siann - 2012-04-18 13:37

    I hope they each get raped by 7 men in Prison and contract all the "lovely" diseases!!!!! PIGS

  • phumlanii - 2012-04-18 13:41

    I wonder what went wrong in this country, or is it the easy access of the adult materials to the youngstars? Before one would hardly hear of these things.

      Mary - 2012-04-19 03:48

      What went wrong ?? The ANC was put into power. Look at the criminals in government and you will understand.

  • radlegend - 2012-04-18 14:03

    And what about the sick grown-ass bastards who're actively looking for this video?? Like seriously?? DISGUSTING!!

  • Tokelo MediaOwner Fako - 2012-04-18 14:15

    Sies Batho bana ba Hloka phafa but le Jeso!!

  • magadla2 - 2012-04-18 14:33

    Where are we going in this country? They must rot in jail

  • Craig - 2012-04-18 14:44

    I am so happy I took my family and left that God forsaken country 11 years ago! I would hate to have a child growing up in South Africa. When I became a British Citizen they asked me if I wanted dual nationality and keep my South African nationality....For what? I'll NEVER set foot in that country again! Life has absolutely NO value!

      Eulanda - 2012-04-18 16:51

      n 1999 I witnessed a gang rape in Sierra Leone. I was forced to watch a group of rebel soldiers taking it in turns to rape a young girl in front of an audience of jeering men. It was the height of the civil conflict and rape had become a devastating weapon of war. When I moved to Britain I believed I had escaped such horrific sexual violence. As my Dispatches investigation tomorrow night shows, I was mistaken. Gang rape is happening here – and what I have found most disturbing as an African is that a disproportionate number of these attacks are being carried out by black or mixed-race young men.\r\n\r\nTowards the end of last year, police and child welfare experts working on Channel 4's Street Weapons Commission told us of their concerns about gang rape. Then two big cases hit the headlines.\r\n\r\nIn December, nine schoolboys, some as young as 13 at the time of the attack, were convicted of raping a 14-year-old girl. She was dragged between tower blocks in Hackney where she was threatened with a knife, hit and raped during an ordeal that lasted an hour and a half – some of which was filmed on mobile phones. In January, three men were convicted of gang raping a 16-year-old with learning disabilities for two hours before dousing her with caustic soda in an effort to get rid of the evidence.\r\n\r\nHow prevalent is this crime and why it is happening in Britain? Despite the seriousness of the crime, I was amazed to discover that no national statistics exist: gang rape is simply not recorded as a separate crime category. So over a period of several months we set about collating our own.\r\n\r\nWe approached the Crown Prosecution Service, the Association of Chief Police Officers, all 50 police forces, crown courts, barristers and rape referral centres to try to establish the numbers.\r\n\r\nOne of the few police forces to have begun recording the figures of reported gang rape is the Metropolitan Police. In 2008 alone, they received reports of 85 gang rapes. Using the Met's definition of gang rape – those involving three or more perpetrators – we began to look at the number of convictions. We tracked down 29 cases, from January 2006 to March 2009, in which a total of 92 young people were convicted of involvement in gang rape.\r\n\r\nOne fact stood out. Of those convicted, 66 were black or mixed race, 13 were white and the remainder were from other countries including Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya.\r\n\r\nClearly this is not a crime exclusive to black communities, but I found it impossible to ignore the fact that such a high proportion were committed by black and mixed-race young men. As a black man as well as a journalist, I wanted to understand what lay behind such attacks. So I spoke to victims, groups of black and mixed-race teenagers, youth and social workers and community leaders.\r\n\r\nThe groups of young men I met in London expressed some profoundly disturbing attitudes towards girls and sex. The boys explained how they make arrangements for \line-ups\ in which one girl has oral sex with up to six or seven of them at one time. These arrangements might be made at school or on mobile phones.\r\n\r\nSometimes these girls initially consent because they want to be popular. But these events can spiral into rape because the boys consider that any girl who is prepared to agree to a line-up can be considered fair game. One boy told me: \If she wants to go and meet a bag of boys then she's probably a jezzie [slut], and if she's going to a house it's over – she's going to get beaten [have sex].\\r\n\r\nIn other instances, as some of the victims in our film describe, girls can unwittingly walk into a trap, innocently visiting someone's house to listen to music or watch a film only to discover that a group of boys are lying in wait. Or they might be hanging out with friends in a park and suddenly realise they have become surrounded by a group of boys intent on sex.\r\n\r\nFor both boys and girls, the line between this sort of group sex and rape seems to be blurred. A girl might agree to have oral sex with two or three boys but then be ordered to have sex with six or seven. The teenage girls I met told me that boys simply don't understand what rape is. And yet this is a crime that can ruin lives and is punishable by life imprisonment.\r\n\r\nOccasionally gang rape is used to punish a girl for minor transgressions against gang members. In one of my most shocking interviews, I met a girl who admitted she had helped to set up girls for gang rape. As the girlfriend of a gang member, she organised these rapes, partly out of fear and partly to fit in.\r\n\r\nShe admitted she was terrified of being raped herself and had walked away when witnessing a girl being gang-raped at a party because she feared she might be next: \There was just loads of boys and the girl's tights were ripped up, like, she was bleeding as well, because I think she was a virgin, and they were just taking turns on her basically, and she was crying, and I didn't get involved because I thought if I get involved they're gonna turn on me.\\r\n\r\nThe victims' descriptions of their attacks are horrific. One young victim likened her attack to being \pulled and pushed around like a rag doll\, while another 14-year-old girl described her ordeal when she was gang raped by a total of nine boys who told her that she was not the only girl they had attacked. In that case, nine boys were subsequently convicted of raping her. The youngest perpetrator was just 12 years old.\r\n\r\nI found there was concern among black communities about this violence. The Rev Joyce Daley, from the Black Parents Forum in Hackney, told me that gang rape is not a rare or one-off phenomenon. It is happening on a regular basis. She said: \It could actually explode on our very streets.\ Steve Griffith, a youth worker in King's Cross, said: \I see too much abuse of young women on the streets.\\r\n\r\nGang rape, while constituting only a tiny percentage of all rapes in the UK, is a horrible reality in this country. The nature of the crime is so appalling that much more research needs to be carried out into its causes. But what seems evident from my investigation is that the key to preventing it will be changing the way young men view women and the kind of group sexual activity they are engaging in at such a young age.\r\n\r\nSheldon Thomas, a youth worker in Brixton, said: \We've got a generation that looks at sex as if it's nothing, and treats disrespecting women as if it's nothing. These guys are like 13, 14 and 15, and their actual attitudes towards young girls – towards sex – is mind-blowing. It's actually leaving you asking: where are their morals, where are

      Mary - 2012-04-19 03:52

      Eulanda, you have the same problems in the UK as in Africa because you also have weak / useless leaders.

  • znqanimooi - 2012-04-18 15:03

    These people do not deserve to be alive, I dont know why our South African Government dont bring back the death penalty.

      Mary - 2012-04-19 04:02

      Probably because they would have to execute so many ANC members.

  • Stephen - 2012-04-18 15:29

    It's a good thing this video went viral, otherwise most likely nothing would have been done, but now it’s in the hands of the authorities and there doing something about, It's correct now that having the video be illegal, every time somebody watches it; they are violating that girl again.

  • Mary - 2012-04-19 03:46

    It should also be a crime to listen to, or posess copies of anything our politicians say.

  • margret.mokoena - 2012-04-19 08:51


  • Sunbug12 - 2012-06-14 14:10

    This is so heartsore. My heart goes out to that girl. I am so afraid for young ladies these days, to think of what the young men are doing to the ladies/woman in our society (let alone watching a video). I am a (physically challenged) mother of a six year old daughter and I dread to think that my daughter should still go out there and make a life for herself. I agree, WE SOULD GO BACK TO OUR ROOTS. No-one fears God anymore. Back to the point, I hope this girl gets the help that she needs.

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