Protest at court over gang rape video

2012-06-20 12:46

Johannesburg - DA supporters protested outside the Roodepoort Magistrate's Court on Wednesday ahead of the appearance of three men and four boys accused of gang raping a mentally impaired girl.

Members in blue Democratic Alliance T-shirts sang and danced as they waved placards voicing their distaste.

Some of the placards read: "Protect our women and children now" and "Sexual offences court now".

DA national spokesperson Mmusi Maimane, who was leading the crowd, said the case was symbolic enough for society to re-evaluate how it dealt with the issue of rape.

"The sexual offences court has disappeared... we want to see it be reinstated," Maimane said.

There was a complexity when it came to dealing with sexual offences and more specialised attention was needed, he said.

"The longer the case is prolonged the more traumatic it is for the victims," said Maimane.

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

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

Court officials on Wednesday said the matter was likely to be postponed.

  • Irene - 2012-06-20 13:30

    Once again the DA steps up. Why the silence from cANCer? Ooops, sorry I forgot in their eyes this is not serious but only 'troublesome'.

      Mark - 2012-06-20 13:36

      The ANC sheeple will only protest if there is free beer promised after. One must be brain dead not to see that the DA is a far better choice to lead SA

      sihlearmstrong.makhanya - 2012-07-28 23:38

      Father in heaven I pray that your child my get the appropriate help from the Holly Spirit given to us a gift,and those who are nearer and wise,may give her enough love and earthly surport.\r\n\r\nTo the boys the government must take serious actions to sort out the law of this wonder the so-named leaders don't show any compassion,some of they them sells are are misbehaving,ben involved in the same kind of act.

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