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l APRIL 17: Seven people, including four minors, are arrested for allegedly gang-raping a 17-year-old Braamfischerville, Soweto, girl believed to be mentally impaired. The incident caused an uproar as a video clip went viral on social networks. Charges against one of the men were withdrawn on June 20, with the National Prosecuting Authority saying the man played a “minimal role” during the incident. The six remaining accused are expected back in court in September and they have all been released on bail.
l APRIL 23: A teenage boy allegedly rapes an eight-year-old girl near Gingindlovu, in Zululand, then gouges out her left eye. The girl had been walking home from school when the teenager allegedly dragged her into a field, then assaulted and raped her. The boy has been sent for mental assessment at Fort Napier Hospital.
l MAY 31: A 35-year-old Durban man is arrested for allegedly abducting and raping a 14-year-old girl and keeping her at his home for 13 days. Following his arrest, a 16-year-old girl also laid a charge against the man, saying she had been raped. But the Queensburgh man, who is facing two counts of statutory rape, denied the allegations when he appeared in court on June 11, saying he had been in a “relationship” with the 16-year-old for eight months and that they had had consensual sex. He said he was “in love” with the other girl.
l MAY 24: An enraged mob in Umlazi, near Durban, KwaZulu-Natal attacks a man they accused of raping an eight-year-old girl with stones, sjamboks and knobkieries. The girl had identified the man as her rapist after her aunt noticed changes in her behaviour, including the fact that she had started wetting her bed. The man was rushed to hospital in a critical condition and was later charged with rape.
l May 24: A Darling, Western Cape, court sentences Stephen Isaacs, 41, to life imprisonment plus 25 years for the kidnapping, rape and attempted murder of a nine-year-old girl. The October 2010 incident left the girl brain-damaged and wheelchair-bound.