April 25th, 2012
01:10 AM ET

South Africa gang-rape suspects head to court

Seven of the eight suspects who are accused of taking part in a brutal videotaped gang-rape of a teenager will appear in a South African court Wednesday to ask for bail.

It is unlikely that the suspects, accused in a crime that has shocked many in South Africa, will be granted bail, officials have said.

An eighth suspect, a man who was found with the victim, is scheduled to appear in court on May 4, court officials said.

The images of the assault of a 17-year-old girl, believed to be mentally ill, swept across the Internet last week 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.

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  1. raven

    Unfortunately, this is common in Africa. Women are terrorized and abused on a scale we cannot imagine.Even girl children are not exempt.I'm glad this is being called to the attention of the world.

    April 25, 2012 at 2:03 am | Report abuse |
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    April 25, 2012 at 2:05 am | Report abuse |
  3. Cynic

    Until mental illness is dealt with world-wide in an intelligent manner, we will always have stories like this.

    April 25, 2012 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  4. banasy©

    This is sickening!
    I sincerely hope that that they throw the book at these nasty criminals!

    April 25, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Cecil Rhodes

    Didn't South Africa used to be a viable functioning society, productive and secure, a few years ago? Oh that's right. That's back when they had a twenty percent caucas!on minority rule.

    Sort of like Rhodesia was a viable functioning society, exporting to the world, until there was a color change and now it's a starving violent failed state, Zimbabwe. But the libs feel good about their results!

    April 25, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  6. banasy©

    Aw, hi, jacker.

    April 25, 2012 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
  7. raven

    Cecil, apartheid had it's day. It's over. Live in the now.

    April 25, 2012 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |