Charges Dropped In Soweto Video-Taped Gang-Rape Case

Charges against a man found with a Soweto teenager, who was the victim of a video-taped gang-rape, have been provisionally dropped.

The 37-year-old man briefly appeared in the Roodepoort Magistrate’s Court on Friday. The girl went missing on March 21 and was found at the man’s house in a search launched after police became aware of the rape video.

A psychiatric report on the girl, which would determine her mental capacity, was still outstanding; therefore the police cannot keep the suspect in custody indefinitely.

This case gained world attention when a low-quality cellphone video – reportedly filmed on March 31 – shows a girl being raped in an open veld, screaming and begging the seven young men to stop as they take turns raping her. Her cries are ignored as the sick men cheer each other on.

It is reported that the girl was previously raped by another man 2009 and by a taxi driver in 2010. Both cases failed to result in a conviction as she was unable to provide evidence against them in court.

Our worst fear is that no convictions will be made again… just like the last two times.