News agency, Cape Town, South Africa
Wednesday June 26th 2019

Girl mocked as video of gang-rape circulates at primary school


Following the recording of the alleged gang-rape of a 14-year-old girl in Khayelitsha, the accused and their families have been told by the community to leave the area and stop intimidating the victim and her 74-year-old foster mother.

This emerged in a meeting held on Saturday where about 100 residents voted that the perpetrators and their families should leave.

However, it was revealed in the meeting that the perpetrators involved in this case had also previously raped the victim last December.

All ten of the teenagers involved are expected to leave the area the residents had agreed.

It was decided during the meeting that the resident would submit a petition with signatures to the investigating officer and the prosecution team involved in this case.

Resident Nosamkelo Mabanda, who was chairing the meeting, said although bail conditions for the perpetrators stipulates they should not have contact with the victim or intimidate her, they were intimidating her to an extent she was sent to a place of safety.

“We don’t want to live with such criminals in this area. We want them to pack their belongings and leave. They have embarrassed and shamed this area,” said Mabanda.

Another resident Sisakhe Mpu said on Friday a loud hailer was used to call the residents and a message was sent to the families of the perpetrators to be available.

“None of them have come and this is their last weekend they are staying in this area otherwise we would take the law into our own hands if they resist going,” said Mpu.

“Enough is enough,” he said.

The victim in this case, a grade 7 pupil, was raped by four 14-year-old boys earlier this month while six other boys watched.

However, she kept quiet and the crime was only reported to police over a week later on October 13 after the girl’s 74-year-old mother became aware of the video being shared among learners and residents, after it was posted on Facebook. – Sandiso Phaliso

Tags: Nosamkelo Mabanda, Sisakhe Mpu

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