Did anyone watch Special Assignment on Tuesday night? I watched it and feel as if I've been kicked in the guts ... and I cannot seem to get over it
If you missed it, and even if you never watch TV, do yourself a favour and watch the repeat of this show - SABC 3, Monday 10 July 2006 at 22h30.
Gayton McKenzie (former Grootvlei prison inmate) recalls witnessing a FOURTEEN YEAR OLD boy being brutally attacked, disfigured and repeatedly raped by 18 prisonsers... for over nine HOURS.
Imagine if this 14yr old were your friend/brother/son!?
This incident must've happened in 2002 or shortly before that. Does anyone know who the boy is... where is he today... is he still alive? Why was he put in a cell with 80 hardened criminals? Who authorised this? EVERYONE involved in putting this child in prison KNEW he would be raped as soon as he arrived!!!
Where are the prison warders who allowed this to happen? Even if they were dismissed, what are they doing for a living today? Probably slithering around... selling drugs to primary school kids.. pimping them off to gangsters all over South Africa!
Mr Setlai said that the provincial correctional services commissioner, Willem Damons, asked him to destroy the tape. "He said it would damage the image of the department, the government and the country as a whole, and drive investors away." http://www.guardian.co.uk/internatio...764092,00.html
For those who can't watch it, read the broadcast script: http://www.sabcnews.co.za/specialass...oysscript.html"In December 2005 Dion Edwards was arrested for a traffic offence allegedly committed seven years earlier. For two nights he was jailed in the holding cell at the Port Shepstone Police Station. While inside, he was gang-raped.
The next day Dion was released. His arrest had been a bureaucratic blunder." (Two weeks later he committed suicide.) "This could happen to anyone."
"Although the Sexual Offences Bill says otherwise, rape is not gender-specific. Unless this silent epidemic is effectively confronted, South African jails and prisons will continue to serve as safe havens for thousands of serial rapists."
‘For The Boys’ is directed by Hazel Friedman and was largely filmed by Johnny Miller and Brian Uranovsky.
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