84 arrested in South Africa for gang rape


The national police chief said a probe would establish if the suspects were linked to the rape as no one has been charged yet over the sexual assaults [File: Brenton Geach/Gallo Images/Getty Images]

On Monday, more than eighty individuals arrested concerning the gang rape of eight South African women appeared in court, with the police minister describing the incident as the "shame of the nation."

Thursday, a group of armed men invaded a music video shoot near a mining waste in Krugersdorp, a small town west of Johannesburg.

In an incident that rocked the country, which has one of the highest crime rates in the world, eight young actresses were raped.

"What happened in Krugersdorp is just a shame of the nation," Police Minister Bheki Cele said at a news briefing on Monday, adding that some victims will face long-term consequences.

"Some of those destructions are permanent with those kids."

According to authorities, the gang attacked the crew and cast while unloading equipment and preparing the set.

During a police operation in the area, 84 individuals were arrested on suspicion of working as illegal immigrants in the Zama Zama mines.

According to authorities, two more suspects were killed in a gunfight with police, and a third was injured and sent to a local hospital.

On Monday, individuals detained began to appear in court on allegations of unauthorized entry and possession of the stolen property.

Chief of National Police Fannie Masemola stated that an investigation would determine if the accused were involved in the rape. No one has been charged with the sexual assaults as of yet.

A few protesters gathered in front of the court to demand prompt justice. Some carried placards that read "No bail for rapists," "Am I next?" and "My body is not a crime scene."

The incident has sparked an ongoing discussion about whether rapists should be chemically castrated.

Critics assert that law enforcement forces are ill-equipped to combat crime in the country, which has one of the worst murder rates in the world and has recently been plagued by a spate of violent shootings.

In his weekly email published on Monday, President Cyril Ramaphosa stated, "Horrible acts of brutality are an affront to the right of women and girls to live and work in freedom and safety" and that "rapists have no place in our society."

Publish : 2022-08-02 07:37:00

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