‘Shame of a nation’: 84 arrested after gang rape in South Africa
Alpha Media Group
AFRICA IN BRIEF
More than 80 people arrested following a gang rape of eight South African women appeared before a court on Monday as the police minister described the assault as the “shame of the nation”. A gang of gunmen forced their way into a music video shoot near a mine dump in Krugersdorp, a small town west of Johannesburg, on Thursday. Eight young women from the cast were raped in an incident that shocked the country, which has one of the highest crime rates in the world. “What happened in Krugersdorp is just a shame of the nation,” Police Minister Bheki Cele told a press briefing on Monday, adding some of the victims would suffer longterm consequences. “Some of those destructions are permanent with those kids.” The gang attacked the crew and cast while they were offloading equipment and preparing the set, according to police. Police have blamed illegal immigrants working in mines – known locally as Zama Zama – and arrested 84 people during a swoop in the area. Two more suspects were killed in a shootout with police and a third was wounded and taken to a local hospital, police said. On Monday, those held started to appear before a court on charges of entering the country illegally and possessing stolen goods. National Police Chief Fannie Masemola said a probe would establish if the suspects were linked to the rape. No one has been charged as yet over the sexual assaults.