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Mom of video teen returns home

The mother of a Soweto teenager filmed being gang raped has returned to her Bramfisherville, Soweto home from an abused women's centre, an official said on Friday.

She was welcomed back by Gauteng social development MEC Nandi Mayathula-Khoza and the Bramfisherville residents on Thursday, said social development spokesman Sello Mokoena.

Five of the seven males suspected of gang-raping a 17-year-old Soweto girl walk to the Roodepoort Magistrate's Court. File Photo: Chris Collingridge. Credit: INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPERS

The mother was admitted to a centre for abused women shortly after news of the rape surfaced on April 18. She received trauma counselling, was treated for stress and given a full medical examination.

“(We) will continue rendering counselling and (the) services of a psychologist to the entire family of seven,” said Mokoena

The family would be given a transport allowance to attend counselling sessions.

The teenage girl was still staying in a place of safety, where she was moved shortly after the gang rape was reported.

“We... urge you as the community of Bramfisherville to unite against crime and also to unite in supporting this family during this trying time,” said Mayathula-Khoza.

She said the department was determined to fight abuse, in partnership with NGOs, business and churches.

“We urge communities to participate in our parenting and prevention of sexual abuse skills programmes, as well as to take part in our education and awareness creation campaigns,” said Mayathula-Khoza. – Sapa

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