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A man accused of kidnapping and raping a Soweto teenager, who is also the victim of a vide-taped gang-rape, appeared in the Roodepoort Magistrate's Court on Friday.

The case was postponed until May 4 for further investigation, said Lt-Col Tshisikhawe Ndou.

The 37-year-old man is accused of holding the 17-year-old against her will at his house in Braamfischerville, Soweto.

News24 reported that the man was not asked to plead.

Asked what language he spoke, he replied “Setswana”. He said he understood English.

He was told to hire a lawyer or to submit a request for legal aid.

The girl went missing on March 21 and was found at the man's house in a search launched after police became aware of the rape video.

Five men and two youths matching the descriptions of the rapists in the cellphone video appeared in court on Thursday.

The case was postponed until April 25 for further investigation.

The rape video went “viral” on the internet on Wednesday and was one of the main topics trending on the social networking site Twitter.

The National Prosecuting Authority has requested a psychiatric report on the girl. - Sapa


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