Boy raped in custody
An internal investigation will be launched at Westville Prison following rape allegations of a 15-year-old boy who is awaiting trial.
The boy was allegedly repeatedly raped by an inmate.
He was arrested for shoplifting a pair of trousers and released into his parent's custody. But he failed to appear for a court hearing and was rearrested.
Correctional Services spokesman Manelisi Wolela said the boy was arrested last month and kept at the juvenile section .
"He reportedly fell sick the next day and was admitted to the hospital section at Medium B where a single offender allegedly abused him."
Wolela said the perpetrator was positively identified. A criminal case had been opened against him and he would face internal disciplinary action.
Meanwhile, a R1,2million civil claim is pending against the ministers of Justice, Correctional Services, Safety and Security, and the KwaZulu-Natal MEC for social development over the boy's rape.