Gang-rape accused fit for trial

Prosecutors are determining whether a 13-year-old boy can stand trial for allegedly gang-raping a Soweto girl.

Police officers escort a 37-year-old arrested in connection with the rape of a teenage girl in Soweto. The gang rape was filmed on a cellphone. Picture: Seabelo Modise/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Prosecutors are busy determining whether a 13-year-old boy, accused of raping a Soweto teenager on video, has criminal capacity to stand trial.

Last week, police arrested seven people after the rape video went viral.

The graphic footage shows seven men taking turns to rape a mentally disabled teenager.

Three minors will apply for bail.

According to officials, three adults will be remanded in custody until June after they failed to apply for bail.

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said three minors, all aged 17, will face full prosecution.

NPA spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga said a decision was yet to be made about a fourth accused.

He said the 13-year-old will undergo psychiatric evaluation, which will determine the child's situation.

The prosecuting body will then decide whether to prosecute the teen or whether he will be placed in a diversion programme.