A 15-year old South African girl has been charged with statutory rape along with the 14 and 16-year old boys who raped her.
Prosecutors had concluded there was insufficient evidence to charge the boys with actual rape but, hey, they're all underage so that means they can all be charged with statutory rape for 'consensual' sex with a minor.
See how that works? The National Prosecuting Authority figures it can't make rape charges stick against the rapists so that instantly transforms the crime into a matter of consensual sex.
" "We do feel that this is further brutalization," South Africa's Eye Witness News quotes Lynne Cawood from Childline South Africa as saying.
" Secondly, dramatization of a child who is incredibly vulnerable," she said.
South Africa has one of the highest incidences of rape in the world.
One woman is raped every 17 seconds, child rights groups say.