NPA spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga. Picture: Gallo Images
Gugu Myeni and Sapa
Journalists have been barred in the court proceedings of the seven accused of gang raping a 17 year old girl, as two of the accused are minors, NPA spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga said on Thursday.
The proceedings will take place in-camera.
The seven are making their first appearence in the Rooderpoort Magistrate court, allegedly facing seven charges each, after being arrested on Tuesday in Dosbsonville, Soweto, as they match the description of the rapists in the video recording of the rape.
The video of the teenage girl being gang raped went viral on Wednesday and caused an uproar on social networking site Twitter and public officials expressing their disgust on the attack.
Members of the ANC Women's League arrived at the Rooderpoort Magistrates court on Thursday, led my MEC of community Safety and Security Faith Mazibuko, in support of the teenage girl and her family.
"We need to fight this scourge that is in our communities. All those that are doing wrong things to women must be brought to book," MEC Mazibuko said outside the court.
"If you are a man you must use your brain to think, not your trousers," Mazibuko said.
The 17 year old girl who is believed to be mentally disabled went missing on March 21 and was found in a 37 year old man's house in Braamfischerville, Soweto on Wednesday.
The 37 year old was also arrested in connection with the gang rape and will also be appearing in the Rooderpoort Magistrate Court on Thursday.