Video gang rape case postponed

2012-04-19 13:03

Johannesburg - The case against seven people, including two minors, accused of gang-raping a mentally ill Soweto teenager was postponed in the Roodepoort Magistrate's Court on Thursday.

National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga said the case was postponed to April 25 for further investigation.

"We need to get a psychiatric report into the mental status of the girl, because for now we don't know for sure whether she is mentally unstable or not," Mhaga told reporters outside court.

"We also need to determine the condition of release in respect of the minors, because there are minors and there are adults involved - so we have postponed the case to conduct further investigations, because the investigations are at an infant stage."

Rape and other charges

Mhaga said there were preliminary charges based on the NPA prosecutors' viewing of 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 and committing a sexual act in the presence of an adult," he said.

"They will also be facing charges that relate to the contravention of the films and publication act which is creating, possession [of] and distributing child porn."

Court proceedings were slightly delayed in the morning as the police docket arrived after 09:00 and officials were trying to allocate a courtroom to the case.

The seven were arrested in Dobsonville, Soweto on Tuesday, after they were matched to the descriptions of the rapists seen in a video recording of the attack.

Protests outside

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

A group of about 30 women from the African National Congress's Women's League arrived at the court in a bus dressed in ANC colours. They were armed with posters reading: "cut their penis - no bail", "let them rot in jail" and "done with rapists", and sang struggle songs.

Mhaga briefed the media outside court on what had happened, as the media was barred from court because there are minors involved.

  • Grant - 2012-04-19 13:08

    You've got to be Joking, There's a flipping video

      RObert - 2012-04-19 13:13

      Maybe if the vidio is not faked.

      VaMbozha - 2012-04-19 13:17

      wait till they start telling us the bastards were under the influence of alcohol and that there are no blood tests or DNA whatever...remember Jub Jub

      Jono - 2012-04-19 13:19

      Life in prison, no chance for bail, solitary confinement, only papa bear comes for his daily revenge visit...see easy, did your job in 5mins!

      rbphiri - 2012-04-19 13:28

      If it's not medical parole informally known as Shaiktitis, our judicial system is using the term "lack of evidence", especially with cases that involve camera footage, let's not forget the case which was dismissed involving the elderly man who was run over by a butth0le taxi driver.

      Christo - 2012-04-20 07:56 #CompassionCoup

      Christo - 2012-04-20 07:56

      35000 kids have seen Kony's face up close. Unfortunately the injustices they experienced didn't stop there. #CompassionCoup

  • James - 2012-04-19 13:09

    HANG THE FOCKERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Grant - 2012-04-19 13:14

      Castrate them!!!

      Junebugg - 2012-04-19 13:53

      I am also voting for castration....What evidence are they searching for?? there is a freakin Video??? smh at NPA..I dont remember one case that NPA has ever won

  • RObert - 2012-04-19 13:09

    What investigations?

  • john.ncala - 2012-04-19 13:11

    what happend to the 8th which the girl was found in his house?

      rbphiri - 2012-04-19 13:34

      He has been charged for kidnapping and rape with a minor. Disgustingly enough he said the girl was his "girlfriend", what a disgusting animal.

  • Grace - 2012-04-19 13:11

    WTF do they want to investigate? ALL the evidence is right there ON VIDEO!!! Also, what difference does it make whether the girl is mentally stable or unstable?? Anyone would be unstable after going through what she did. It should have no relevance to the case. Is someone playing for time here? I wonder...

      Peter - 2012-04-19 13:50

      No Grace. I think this is a good thing to investigate. Should one of these animals raise a defence that she "consented" to sex although she is a minor, it could act in mitigation. However it is also proven she is mentally ill to such an extent that she could never consent, coupled with minority ... no mitigation on that ground ... good thing.

      Grace - 2012-04-19 14:03

      I see... But Peter is the video not enough evidence that this was NOT consensual sex?

  • Andre - 2012-04-19 13:14

    If you are old enough to rape you are old enough to stand trial and be sentenced like an adult, if found guilty!

  • Ashwin - 2012-04-19 13:16

    and so this case will drag on

      rbphiri - 2012-04-19 13:57

      Another Jub jub saga. Sadly when it's cases involving someone offending the state or our butth0le judicial system, the case is concluded quicker than u can blink.

  • Schmee - 2012-04-19 13:18

    Good that they are piling on the charges. They better do proper investigations too because these guys better not get off on a technicality. Big Bubba has already picked his fun. They will know what it's like to be kept as a sex slave against your will.

      rbphiri - 2012-04-19 13:58

      and instead of R2 they will be dangling vaseline in front of these rapists. Irony is such a b*tch.

  • Jane Dawson - 2012-04-19 13:21

    How about the parents being charged as well. Kids learn what they see and hear.

      valcooperRSA - 2012-04-19 13:32

      That could work...other parents will learn from that example

      wendyrobb - 2012-04-19 13:35

      Good point Jane - there should be consequences for the parents of minors convicted of crimes like this! Instead they save themselves the expense of feeding and clothing the little beasts because they are now on the tax-payer's dime. Maybe the parents should be forced to pay their food bill at least!

      nsda29 - 2012-04-19 18:46

      Do you have children Jane????

  • dumisiledee - 2012-04-19 13:22

    Whether the victim is mentally stable or unstable a crime was flippen committed to a minor and those who saw the video say the girl was crying and begging them to stop. What more do these investigators need?

  • Crracker - 2012-04-19 13:29

    The only reason for a postponement (max 2 weeks) should be to allow them legal representation and to allow them lawyers WHO ARE AVAILABLE. No other fanciness. The trial can then proceed and be finished by say lunch - all within 2 weeks from today. A show pieces of effectiveness and simultaneous fairness to ALL involved. Perhaps the sentencing of the minors will require reports. Easy. Get the reports NOW and have them ready in two weeks' time. The video evidence is to the point. The complainant merely has to show her face at court or a witness can take a video of her to show that she indeed does exist and is the same person as in the video. Here is a case that has virtually (word play)investigated itself. The State and the legal system should be thankful and make use of the opportunity. But no. It will likely turn into one of those long drawn out affairs with lawyers fees and withdrawals all over. And disputes with the legal aid fund about payment for the defense lawyers etc. And others involved being on leave etc and not available.

      Peter - 2012-04-19 13:57

      Crracker --- would you prefer a guilty verdict standing all tests, or being overturned at the slightest murmur of impropriety? Get off your soap-box. This is Video evidence, not an eye witness? Somebody had to identify them off a video, not in person? Unless one of the scum decides to do what is right and plead guilty, thereafter testifying against the others, time is needed ... remember, we are dealing with near- or completely incompetent prosecutors here. They need to be spoon fed --- If I were you, I would worry should time NOT be taken on this one.

      Crracker - 2012-04-19 14:23

      @ Peter You have a point there. I guess we sometimes get worked up when we hear of the horrors some think is normal/fun to dish out to others.

  • valcooperRSA - 2012-04-19 13:30

    What difference does it make what her mental status is....they raped says it all....get on with it...stop dragging your feet..

  • kwongsee - 2012-04-19 13:31

    They'll probably be released on bail, this is south africa you know

  • George - 2012-04-19 13:31

    Either way, they still raped her?

  • charmaine.rowlands - 2012-04-19 13:34

    "We need to get a psychiatric report into the mental status of the girl, because for now we don't know for sure whether she is mentally unstable or not," (sic) W..T..F has her mental state got to do with this??? So if she's not mentally unstable it's all okay? I don't understand this statement!!!

  • Du Mabaso - 2012-04-19 13:34

    They must rot in solitary confinement

  • Verona - 2012-04-19 13:35

    The girl was raped!!!Her mental state is not on trial??Now the video is an issue, dont they want evidence??I am in utter disbelief......

  • mholthuysen - 2012-04-19 13:36

    What is there to be investigated - there is video evidence?!

      Peter - 2012-04-19 13:59

      ..... which still has to be presented in some manner? The scum that took it is part of the crime, so he is out as a witness in that regard. Who is left? Only the girl. And if she is found insane, the only reliable evidence is what?

  • Lisa - 2012-04-19 13:38

    "Something is not right in the state of Denmark"!! Remember the case of the two boys who raped the young girl and taped it on their cell phone . . . what happened to them . . . NOTHING!! They said she was drunk and looked like she enjoyed it. Say no more!!

  • Claire - 2012-04-19 13:40

    Minors my ass! they were'nt so minor when they were raping her...

      Peter - 2012-04-19 14:00

      Amen and THANK YOU !!!!

  • Mmakgomo - 2012-04-19 13:50

    Lets report RObert as a spam.. Cant be serious insinuating the video was fake, come on.

  • Yamkela - 2012-04-19 13:50

    They all deserve 2 rot in jail including the minors

  • Bongi - 2012-04-19 13:51

    I agree with the person who sad they'll be out on bail then u hear nothing the way our law cheat on kids that a being raped not unless they will try to cover them I'm sad!

  • Niel - 2012-04-19 14:03

    glorious image for the country and the ruling party - this is the type of crap that has voted the anc into power

      Rethamyh - 2012-04-19 15:25

      So why don't you phone up your great great grandparents and tell them to put on their shorts pull up their sokcs, wear their gum boats because you want SA back...wait,it never was!!! Go eat worms in japan or shut it

  • Dee - 2012-04-19 14:19

    Don't waste taxpayers money by having court cases. Hand them over to the community and let the pieces of crap get what they deserve.

  • Rethamyh - 2012-04-19 14:29

    I hope the wait is because there are 40 BIG HORNY beasts waiting their turn to have a go at other reason!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Kgothatso - 2012-04-19 14:30

    But this is so word\ kanti what has gotten into our world? Mense commit any sort of crime and get away with it...but then again it isnt surprising as even Leaders themselves arent leading by example...i am perplexed...

  • Sbusiso - 2012-04-19 14:44

    real mans don't rape,let da law took it's place to dis rapists,don't matter how younger\\older u're fact's rape's a crime,dey've to rot in jail.

  • Sbusiso - 2012-04-19 14:44

    real mans don't rape,let da law took it's place to dis rapists,don't matter how younger\\older u're fact's rape's a crime,dey've to rot in jail.

  • karenadawkins - 2012-04-19 14:53

    she is properly in complete trauma which has caused her mental state to be fragile to say the least put those disgusting pigs to jail as well as any adults responsible for raising such delinquents .... this country im starting to loose faith

  • Nathi - 2012-04-19 15:05

    There must locked up for good we not need that kind of people

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-04-19 18:14

    Sick,very sick.

  • Christo - 2012-04-20 07:56 #CompassionCoup

  • mattjohnbass - 2012-04-20 08:20

    hang them from their balls in a public square...

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