Friday, April 20, 2012

Rape Video South Africa: seven suspects accused of gang raping a 17-year-old Soweto girl appear at the Roodepoort Regional Court

Five men and two youths have appeared in court in South Africa over a viral video which allegedly shows them gang raping a mentally-disturbed teenage girl.

The seven suspects, aged between 14 and 20, were remanded in custody yesterday after the shocking incident sparked outrage across the country.

The group were arrested when a sickening 10 minute and 33 second video clip of the unnamed 17-year-old being attacked went viral in schools and communities around Johannesburg.

Police believe the victim was abducted from her home in the township of Soweto on March 21 and gang raped by her attackers, who allegedly filmed the assault on a mobile phone.

The girl, who is said to have the mental capacity of a five year old, remained missing for three weeks before she was found on Wednesday.

By then thousands of people were believed to have watched the chilling footage of her attack on the internet or mobile phones.

The seven suspects were arrested earlier this week after they were allegedly identified from the video footage.

An eight man was due to appear in court today over the incident.

Police and prosecutors have since warned that anyone found in possession of the rape footage could face criminal charges. Read More