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Gang-rape accused mentally assessed

A 13-year-old gang-rape suspect has been sent for psychiatric evaluation.

National Prosecuting Authority Spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - A 13-year-old boy who allegedly took part in the Soweto gang-rape video has been sent for psychiatric evaluation on Thursday.

He and six others face various charges after they recorded themselves raping a mentally disabled teenage girl back in April.

The video then went viral on social networking sites, resulting in international media coverage.

According to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA)'s Mthunzi Mhaga, the youngest accused was sent for an assessment to determine his criminal capacity.

"In terms of the law, children between [the ages of] seven and 14 are incapable of committing crimes. That is why we have to get a psychologist to determine whether he has that capacity of not."

Four minors and three adults allegedly took part in the crime.

The three adults were remanded in custody.

Shortly after the rape, the 17-year-old girl went missing for three weeks and officials found her in the company of a 37-year-old Soweto man.

He was also charged with rape and kidnapping, but the charges were provisionally withdrawn by the NPA.

All seven suspects will return to court in June.