82 men arrested on suspicion of rape of eight women in South Africa

82 men arrested on suspicion of rape of eight women in South Africa

In South Africa’s Gauteng province, a total of 82 men have been detained by police on suspicion of gang raping eight women after assaulting them while filming a music video, the country’s security services confirmed on Saturday.

At least 17 men were arrested on Saturday, after 65 other suspects were arrested on Friday, police spokeswoman Colonel Brenda Muridili confirmed, quoted by local media.

The incident took place on Thursday at an abandoned mine near the town of Krugersdorp (about 25 miles from Johannesburg, the provincial capital), when gunmen attacked a group of 22 people (12 women and 10 men) who were filming a video clip.

“The suspects ordered everyone to lie on the floor and then proceeded to rape eight of the women and rob them of all their belongings before fleeing the scene,” the police spokeswoman said.

The suspects were arrested in a wooded area near the crime scene.

According to Muridili, two of them were shot dead after they “allegedly aimed with firearms during police operations” – involving several agencies of the security forces – and one of them is still in hospital.

The South African Police’s Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offenses Unit is investigating a total of 32 rapes and one count of armed robbery, the spokeswoman said.

The alleged perpetrators were arrested for “violation of the Aliens Act”, Muridili said, while South African Security Minister Bheki Cele said that although the identities of the detainees had not yet been verified, they were allegedly foreigners.

According to Bheki Cele, women are also being investigated who have not been raped, while victims of sexual violence – aged between 19 and 35 – have been taken to nearby hospitals or are with their families.

Crime is a serious problem in South Africa, where the Cape Town (south-west) area in particular has some of the worst violent crime in the world.

Author: DN/Lusa

Source: El heraldo