South Africa: Minister Condemns Gang Rape of 17-year-old girl

South African Minister for Women, Children and People with Disabilities Lulu Xingwana has strongly condemned the gang rape of a 17-year-old Soweto girl

which was also captured on video by one of the rapists.

The Minister is quoted as saying that…”This despicable crime does not belong to our free and democratic society. In addition to the painful ordeal of rape she was forced to endure, she is now subjected to a second assault on her dignity”. Minister Xingwana added that…”We must all spare a thought for this young girl who has been violated in such a cruel and inhuman way”.

Seven males between the ages of 14 and 20 have been arrested in connection with the rape. The arrest took place on Tuesday 17 April 2012.

According South African Police, the young girl was reportedly missing by her mother three weeks ago on March 25, 2012.

Latest reports indicate that she has now been found. According to a said Warrant Officer Kay Makhubele, she was found with another man in his house in Braamfischerville. It is being speculated that she might have been kept against her will and abduction charges will be brought against her keeper.

This now brings to eight the total number of arrests made since the video of the rape went “viral” and became one of the main topics trending on social networking site Twitter.

Meanwhile, Minister Lulu Xingwana has thanked the South African Police Service for ensuring that the alleged perpetrators are brought to justice insisting that…”We must now allow the law to run its course”, while promising to work with the police and the girl’s family to ensure that justice is done.