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. Paul Kruger

    Well, imagine liberal activists not realizing the second and third order effects of their anti-apartheid crusade. Why, it was just in 1994 that South Africa was a viable functioning society, flourishing and exporting, with security for all amidst a continent of failed states. But twenty percent caucasions were running things, and that's just horrible!

    This was clearly predictable in 1994. Bring back white minority rule.

    May 3, 2012 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
    • DelawareLdy

      So are you saying that these things did not happen under white rule? I doubt it. Lets not forget about June 16. Not everyone was safe and secure back in the good old days.

      May 4, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • BB

      Paul I agree totally. The country is a mess now just like the rest of Africa. The continent as a whole was much better off when they were colonies.

      June 1, 2012 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
  2. teremist

    A country that does not value all of its citizens values none of them.

    May 3, 2012 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  3. drobat


    May 3, 2012 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  4. Ahhhhhhh

    Do not feed the troll.

    May 3, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Philip

    All have to deal with the loss of a loved one, fewer must deal with being rayped, especially as a child. And so, if it's ok to execute suspected terrorists it's more than ok to execute suspected raypeists.of children.

    May 3, 2012 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
  6. banasy©

    These men are monsters.
    I sincerely hope that they are convicted and punished in the most harshest way possible.
    That poor girl.

    May 3, 2012 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mary

    Lip service for Philip ?

    May 4, 2012 at 6:34 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      I own my thoughts, unlike some.
      Philip whp?

      May 5, 2012 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • raven

      Really?? Youre gonna say that to someone else when you authored the " Brown nosing For Dummies" handbook? Every single thing you post is something PHILIP has already said.

      May 5, 2012 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      I alsooticed you didn't express YOUR outrage.
      Because the victim was female?

      May 5, 2012 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    These young men have been allowed to indulge their aggressive animal instincts without restriction.
    They didn't need father figures, as the psychologist said they did: good mothers could have taught them discipline.
    What the prodigious ra-
    pists and torturers need now is a lifetime supply of strong bars.

    May 4, 2012 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  9. raven

    Paul Kruger, apartheid is done. Get over it.

    May 5, 2012 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mirror, Mirror On The Wall

    [After Darrin insults Endora]
    Endora: Fortunately for you, I don't offend easily.
    Darrin: Let me try a little harder.

    May 5, 2012 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Georgette


    May 22, 2012 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse |
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