May 3rd, 2012
09:24 AM ET

4 minors accused in gang rape freed on bail

Four minors accused in a videotaped gang rape of a mentally disabled teenager in South Africa were released Thursday on $67 bail, their lawyer told CNN.

Four adults are also suspects in the case. Their bail hearing will be June 20, a court spokesman said last week.

The images of the assault of the 17-year-old girl, believed to be mentally ill, swept across the Internet and touched a nerve in South Africa.

The shocking footage shows the girl pleading for her attackers to stop, and it has some activists saying it is an example of the country's problem with rape.

The girl went missing on March 21. Police suspect she was kidnapped and turned into a sex slave.

The cell phone video of her gang rape surfaced and went viral among schoolchildren in Soweto, a vast township near Johannesburg.

The Daily Sun, a local tabloid, alerted police about the attack after a concerned mother whose daughter was watching the video handed it over to the newspaper.

Police embarked on a search for the girl and the people in the video.

Eight suspects have been arrested and charged with kidnapping and raping the teen. Seven of them were seen on the video; the other was a 37-year-old man found with the girl.

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  1. saywhat

    A crime as heinous as can be. Hope the perps get the severest of punishments.

    May 3, 2012 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  2. Doug

    Very sad story.

    May 3, 2012 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
  3. Hollywood

    Get THEM

    May 3, 2012 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
  4. JD

    Kill them all. They will only get worse.

    May 3, 2012 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  5. WRG001

    In order to protect the species, these lesser beings need to be culled from the herd. Absolutely revolting crime. There is no reason to allow them another opportunity to harm another human being...we have video. Time to terminate. This is SA...how about we chum them up a bit and make'm play in the surf at dusk?

    May 3, 2012 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  6. Amanda guerra

    These kids and man all deserve to be punished for life how could they do this especially to a mentally disabled girl:-{

    May 3, 2012 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  7. snowdogg

    "Eight suspects have been arrested and charged with kidnapping and raping the teen."

    They haven't been convicted YET. Let the process of justice go forward.

    May 3, 2012 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
    • archchuzzlewit

      Where in that quote does it say they have been convicted or found guilty?

      May 3, 2012 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  8. no nothing

    More great news from Africa.

    May 3, 2012 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Alyssa

      Right, because stuff like that never happens here [/sarcasm]

      May 3, 2012 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  9. redmonde

    I bet if they start cutting body parts off for this crime, the ratio of it will start to come down very fast. I don't mind moving over there to hand out the punishments....sorry dogs....

    May 3, 2012 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  10. areacode612

    This happend in South Africa.

    May 3, 2012 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  11. Duane

    I think castration should be in order for all 8 of them

    May 3, 2012 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Josh

      I'll offer the use of my old, rusty, dull knife.

      May 3, 2012 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  12. JS

    Anyone hear about this, media is suppressing news!!!

    Wave after wave of young men surged forward to take turns punching and kicking their victim.

    The victim's friend, a young woman, tried to pull him back into his car. Attackers came after her, pulling her hair, punching her head and causing a bloody scratch to the surface of her eye. She called 911. A recording told her all lines were busy. She called again. Busy. On her third try, she got through and, hysterical, could scream only their location.

    Church and Brambleton. Church and Brambleton. Church and Brambleton.

    It happened four blocks from where they work, here at The Virginian-Pilot.

    The next day, Forster searched Twitter for mention of the attack.

    One post chilled him.

    "I feel for the white man who got beat up at the light," wrote one person.

    "I don't," wrote another, indicating laughter. "(do it for trayvon martin)"

    Search on 'couple beaten in norfolk' – STOP MEDIA CENSORSHIP!!!!!

    May 3, 2012 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Alyssa

      Africans aren't minorities in South Africa.

      May 3, 2012 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  13. jeff

    they need to die a slow death with much pain involved

    May 3, 2012 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  14. Lars Babaganoosh

    Went to college with a white girl from S.A. She says it's a pretty nasty place with racial tensions so thick you can cut them with a knife.

    Got really drunk and had the best s3x of my life with her as well. American girls need to take some lesson from foreign ch1cks and learn how to get down.

    The lesson here is don't sh1t where you eat.

    May 3, 2012 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
    • lars-asstick

      Great story.. or maybe it was a parable. Keep 'em coming.

      May 3, 2012 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  15. Philip

    Yep. And one day soon we we be chargeing openly homese x ual men with the statutory rap-e ing of *alter boys*, just as soon as the Supreme Court allows it.

    May 3, 2012 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
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