Baby Blacks players accused of rape

Four members of the New Zealand U20 team have been accused of raping a Cape Town woman following Friday’s Junior World Championship final.

According to The New Age, the police have confirmed that a woman has laid a complaint of rape against a group of New Zealand players. Forensic experts from the SAPS were at the Southern Sun Hotel Newlands on Saturday looking for DNA samples and other leads.

‘The victim could not tell detectives who raped her because she couldn’t remember anything about the incident,’ said police spokesperson Colonel Vish Naidoo. He also confirmed that none of the New Zealand players were prevented from leaving the country.

The report in the The New Age quotes hotel staff who were present when the 22-year-old woman arrived on Friday night. She told the front desk that she was visiting her cousin, but apparently knew exactly where to find the players.

The woman called her parents to fetch her on Saturday morning and her parents are insisting on opening a case of rape. The rugby players left the hotel at midnight on Saturday.

Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade told the newspaper on Sunday that they were aware an issue was raised with the local police before the New Zealand team departed.

‘The team and team management co-operated fully and assisted police with their enquiries, after which police advised they were happy for all team members to travel out of South Africa,’ the spokesperson said.