Two teenagers in court over gang rape in Eastwood

2017-08-30 14:19
The two teenagers charged with gang rape appeared in court on Tuesday.

The two teenagers charged with gang rape appeared in court on Tuesday. (File)

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A 16-year-old is one of the accused in the gang rape of a Cinderella Park woman, whose case was heard Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.

He and a 19-year-old appeared briefly in court on Tuesday, where their formal bail application was postponed to Friday. Both accused face charges of rape.

Their legal representative requested a postponement to confirm the 16-year-old’s school registration, and to check his schooling attendance record. They were remanded in police custody.

About 20 Cinderella Park community members gathered outside the court before proceedings began.

They waved placards saying “no means no” in support of the woman who was raped, whom they described as a quiet, shy person.

Because one of the accused is a minor, members of the public were ushered out of the gallery when the two accused stood for their bail application.

The incident is alleged to have happened in the Eastwood area on August 19.

The 25-year-old woman was at a tavern around midnight, when she was approached by the two alleged perpetrators.

She was allegedly dragged to a nearby house, where the two repeatedly raped her.

Mountain Rise police station spokesperson Captain Gay Ebrahim said the woman was allegedly raped five times, and was kept at the house through the night.

She managed to sneak out in the morning, Ebrahim said.

The state said it plans to oppose bail because granting bail would compromise the safety of witnesses and the complainant.

Community member Prudence Nene said the victim was receiving counselling from social workers.

“They raped her and took her dignity and humanity — they took it forcefully from her.

“We’ve come here to say no to bail because too many people do wrong and walk free. If bail is given, who is to say they won’t do the same thing to someone else? We are not safe in our own community.

“How many more will be raped before we say no more?”

The victim “is always asking herself ‘why did it happen to me?’. She feels like less of a human being. She keeps asking ‘how will I cope?’,” Nene said.

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