Boy raped in custody

Mhlaba Memela

Mhlaba Memela

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.