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Eighth suspect in gang-rape appears in court

An eighth person who was arrested in connection with the gang-rape of a Soweto teenager appeared in the...

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An eighth person who was arrested in connection with the gang-rape of a Soweto teenager appeared in the Roodepoort Magistrate’s Court on Friday.

Earlier, police said he would not be in court because investigators needed more time to prepare.

The police's Tshisikawe Ndou said the change was as a result of the investigating officer concluding the preliminary investigation.

“All the outstanding aspects that needed to be ready for court were finalised.”

The man is accused of holding the 17-year-old girl at his house in Braamfischerville where she was found on Wednesday.

This is after seven youths were arrested for allegedly gang-raping her and capturing the attack on video.

On Thursday, they appeared in court where proceedings were held in camera because two of them are minors.

The matter has been postponed to next Wednesday.

The girl is currently being kept at a place of safety.

Meanwhile, the National Prosecuting Authority confirmed that seven charges were provisionally decided upon.

“We also need to determine the conditions of their release, in respect of the minors. We’ve postponed the case until 25 April to conduct further investigations,” spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga said.

Gauteng Community Safety MEC Faith Mazibuko said authorities were yet to decide if the girl's mother will be charged.

The girl still needs to undergo psychological tests.

Meanwhile, Minister of Women, Children and People with Disabilities, Lulu Xingwana, visited the family of the victim in Soweto.

After spending some time with the Minister, the victim's mother was taken away by social workers in a bid to assist her cope with the ordeal.

(Edited by Zethu Zulu)

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