Seven youths have appeared in court in South Africa over a viral video which allegedly shows them gang raping a mentally-disturbed teenage girl.
The suspects, aged between 14 and 20, were remanded in custody yesterday after the shocking incident sparked outrage across the country.
The group were arrested when a sickening 10 minute and 33 second video clip of the unnamed 17-year-old being attacked went viral in schools and communities around Johannesburg.
Police believe the victim was abducted from her home in the township of Soweto on March 21 and gang raped by her attackers, who allegedly filmed the assault on a mobile phone.
The girl, who is said to have the mental capacity of a five year old, remained missing for three weeks before she was found on Wednesday.
The seven suspects were arrested earlier this week after they were allegedly identified from the video footage.
South Africa’s Sowetan newspaper reported that the group faced preliminary charges of rape, rape, sexual assault, engaging in sex with a minor for a reward, using a minor to create child pornography, committing a sexual act in the presence of an adult and the creation and distribution of child pornography.
Crowds of local people turned out to show their anger for the group of boys, who apparently made no attempt to hide their faces in the video of the attack.
Source: Daily Mail