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Eighty-four men charged for allegedly gang raping eight women in South Africa

More than 80 men accused of the gang rapes of eight women and the armed robbery of a video production crew have appeared in court in Johannesburg, South Africa.The 84 men, who are also suspected of carrying out an armed robbery of the video production crew, were arrested at an abandoned mine after the alleged rapes and robbery near the town of Krugersdorp, to the west of Johannesburg.The men appeared in Krugersdorp Magistrates Court on Monday, August 1, where they were charged.  The gang rapes occurred when a crew filming a music video at one of the abandoned mines was attacked by armed men last Thursday, according to police.“The crew of 22 people — 12 women and 10 men — were busy filming a music video when they were allegedly attacked by a group of armed men clad in blankets,” Police Commissioner for Gauteng province Lt. Gen. Elias Mawela in a statement.“The suspects ordered everyone to lay down and proceeded to rape eight of the women and robbed every one of their belongings before fleeing the scene,” he said. The crew was robbed of all their video equipment. Police are investigating 32 counts of rape, he said.The suspects are allegedly illegal miners known as zama-zamas who dig for gold in the Johannesburg area’s many closed mine shafts.  Many of the illegal miners are foreigners, who are also blamed for widespread crime in the area, according to local reports.Laboratory studies of DNA samples from the raped women will be used to identify perpetrators of the rapes, National Minister of Police Bheki Cele said on Monday.  Others arrested are expected to face additional charges of illegal immigration and illegal mining.More than 300 people demonstrated outside the Krugersdorp Magistrates Court on Monday to express the community’s fury over the rapes.  “We are going to demand that the police station should be placed under administration because the community has reported many crimes committed by the zama-zamas but nothing has been done,” said Zandile Dabula, secretary-general of Operation Dudula, an organization that protests against illegal immigrants in South Africa. The organization was part of the Monday protest outside the Krugersdorp courthouse.“It is clear that they are failing to deal with crime in this area so they should be placed under administration,” said Dabula.The post Eighty-four men charged for allegedly gang raping eight women in South Africa appeared first on Linda Ikeji Blog.

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