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. Mizz. Sparkz prezents....

    Incredible ...poor girl...they r animals...:.(..I love u teenage girl.

    May 3, 2012 at 10:36 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. joenotdaplumber

    The only solution for stuff like this – Kill them all. Let God sort it out.

    May 3, 2012 at 10:39 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Jeff

    Death is a GREAT CURE

    May 3, 2012 at 10:40 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Proud Wolverine

    Who would have thought ? ( note heavy sarcasm)

    May 3, 2012 at 10:40 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. tooquiet4me2005

    The video went viral?

    What the hell is wrong with people?

    May 3, 2012 at 10:43 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. KIRK/JACKSON

    I know darwin is rolling over in his grave,

    May 3, 2012 at 10:48 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. big banjo

    it is the world we live in......prepare and act accordingly.

    May 3, 2012 at 10:49 am | Report abuse | Reply
  8. WorldBelow

    $67 bail? perfect example of why that whole continent will never evolve.

    May 3, 2012 at 10:53 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • john

      $67? Sounds low, but what is the average monthly wage there? Still, why give bail?

      May 3, 2012 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  9. Glynne1964

    It's horrible what they did to her. Even worse that they filmed it. And pure evil that they thought it was a good idea to put it online.
    I say put them down like the rabid dogs they are. They are nothing but sick, sick, sick animals.

    May 3, 2012 at 10:59 am | Report abuse | Reply
  10. JG

    The last sentence leads me to believe they found the girl??

    May 3, 2012 at 11:02 am | Report abuse | Reply
  11. KIRK/JACKSON

    Hang them, all.

    May 3, 2012 at 11:03 am | Report abuse | Reply
  12. leo maniace

    Just another day in south africa? Scary.

    May 3, 2012 at 11:04 am | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Zeke

    67 dollars, what a joke!!!

    May 3, 2012 at 11:12 am | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Taha

    shoot them

    May 3, 2012 at 11:13 am | Report abuse | Reply
  15. old3putt

    Someone should hunt them down.

    May 3, 2012 at 11:19 am | Report abuse | Reply
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