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Residents refuse to speak on rape video

Residents in Doornkop, Soweto, refused to talk about the alleged rape of an apparently mentally ill...

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Residents in Doornkop, Soweto, refused to talk about the alleged rape of an apparently mentally ill 17-year-old girl on Sunday.

Seven young men, aged between 14 and 20 were arrested last week, after video footage of the alleged rape went viral on the internet. 

The video resulted in widespread condemnation. 

A 37-year-old man was later arrested when the teenage girl was found at his home. 

Residents in Doornkop did not want to speak openly about the alleged gang rape, giving various reasons.

Those that chose to speak off the record accused the media of reporting incorrectly that the seven men committed rape. 

They said the youths claimed the sex was consensual.

Residents also revealed that the teenage girl, apparently nicknamed “Jackpot” by some in the area, was known to have sex with men in exchange for money or food.

(Edited by Clare Matthes)


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