Suspects of a gang rape in South AFrica will appear in court on Thursday.
The eight suspects, ranging in age from 37 to 14 years old, raped a 17-year-old girl and filmed the attack.
“Eight suspects, aged between 14 and 37, will appear at the Roodepoort magistrate’s court today,” said police spokesman Tshiskhawe Ndou.
The video that went viral allowed the police to identify and arrest the suspects.
A 37-year-old man was the eighth suspect to be arrested. The 17-year-old girl was found in his house.
The girl who has the mental capacity of a four-year-old, went missing on March 21 Her disappearance was not reported to officials. Police believe that the girl had been made into a sex slave.
“We found him with the girl in his house and he was charged for abduction and rape.”
According to Cape Times, the low-quality cellphone video showed the girl begging the suspects to stop. She screamed as they took turns raping her.
At the end of the video, one of the suspects offered her two rands (26 US cents) for her silence.
The spread of this horrific video has shocked South Africa. It has prompted the country to face it’s problems with rape and violence against women.
According to the government’s Medical Research council, one in 25 rapes were reported in 2009. It also found one quarter of South African men admitting to raping a woman or girl.