South Africa to drop sex charges against teenagers

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Charges of having underage sex will be dropped against three South African teenagers if they complete a course of counselling, a prosecutor has said.

The 15-year-old girl had accused the two boys of raping her and filming it on a mobile phone but she later reportedly said the sex was consensual.

All three were then charged, sparking an outcry by child rights activists.

The three now have to complete a three-month course, the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court ordered.

"The matter has now been removed from the [court] roll and if they successfully complete the programme, the charges will be withdrawn and it will be over," said the National Prosecuting Authority's Mthunzi Mhaga.

Psychologists from the the Teddy Bear Clinic, an organisation which deals with abused children, proposed that the three, from a school east of Johannesburg, attend the course.

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