South Africa
Racial assault allegations rock South Africa

The brutal images depict a black South African schoolboy being stripped naked by a group of white teenagers, then being tied to a bed and sexually assaulted with a toothbrush and mop handle as they hurl racist slurs. Photos of the incident at a high school in South Africa’s Northwest province – with the victim and alleged assailants identified – appeared on the front page of a local newspaper, the Diamond Fields Advertiser. Video has also been posted. On Friday, four suspects, aged 14 to 19, appeared in court to answer to what the director of the South African Institute of Race Relations, Frans Cronje, has labeled “a new low for race relations.” More...