At least 43 Mozambicans arrested after gang rape of eight women

At least 43 Mozambicans arrested after gang rape of eight women

At least 43 Mozambicans were detained after the alleged gang rape of eight women during an armed robbery in the Krugersdorp mining area last week, announced a South African police source.

South African Police (SAPS) National Command spokeswoman Brenda Muridili said more than 130 undocumented migrants have been detained since July 29 as part of police operations to combat illegal mining in the Krugersdorp and Randfontein areas. west of Johannesburg, the economic capital of South Africa.

“There was an operation performed on Friday by the provincial SAPS, on Saturday by the district SAPS, on Tuesday by the [agentes da unidade de investigação criminal] Hawks and yesterday [quarta-feira] by the provincial SAPS and the total number of people being detained is over 130, and only 43 have been confirmed or verified as Mozambicans,” the police spokeswoman said.

At least 81 detainees have appeared in court so far, according to South African police.

The South African police spokeswoman declined to specify the ages of the detainees, but local media say there are at least 20 who are considered under 18.

The detainees are known locally as Zama Zama because they work illegally in abandoned mines in the Krugersdorp region, an area affected by high levels of poverty and crime, local residents told Lusa.

On July 28, an armed gang broke into a location where a video clip was being shot in an abandoned mine near Krugersdorp and raped eight young girls who were part of the cast. The film crew was also robbed, according to local media.

Author: DN/Lusa

Source: El heraldo