The “Tobva Tadii Paya” gang has been jailed for seven years in jail each, for rape. The group’s video went viral after being recorded while narrating how they gang raped prostitutes.

But the 16-year-old who was among the group will spend the next three years at Kadoma Probation Centre. Regional magistrate Mr Amos Mbobo had initially sentenced the gang — Romeo Chirara (18), Admire Chirongoma (18) and Thabani Gaza (20) — to 10 years in jail, but suspended three years.

In mitigation, the four pleaded with Mr Mbobo to be lenient with them saying they wanted to go back to school.
 Mr Mbobo said although the gang had committed a callous crime he reduced the sentence after considering that they were young and lacked guidance from their families. He said the gang also faced six other counts, which were not considered during their trial because the complainants did not attend court.