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‘I know how it feels’

The women were raped after a gang of gunmen suspected of being zama zamas accosted them and their camera crew while shooting video at an unused mining dump in West Village last Thursday. The crew was also robbed.

Gauteng Police arrested 46 suspects during a crackdown on illegal mining in Krugersdorp and Randfontein on August 2, 2022. Photo: @SAPoliceService/Twitter

JOHANNESBURG — A Krugersdorp woman who was raped months ago has told how news of the rape of eight women in the town of West Rand last week brought her back to her ordeal.

The women were raped after a gang of gunmen suspected of being zama zamas accosted them and their camera crew while shooting video at an unused mining dump in West Village last Thursday.

The crew was also robbed.

Police have since carried out a series of raids in the area.

More than 60 adults were arrested last Friday and Saturday alone.

They made their first court appearances on charges of being in the country illegally on Monday when their cases were adjourned until Wednesday, for an identity parade to be held so they could obtain legal representation.

Local residents gathered outside the courthouse to demand justice once won.

READ: 46 suspects arrested in West Rand in crackdown on illegal mining
LILY:

Eyewitness News spoke to some residents outside the courthouse.

There was a relatively small crowd gathered outside the court on Monday. But it had swelled on Wednesday.

Men and women came out in droves to demand that those responsible be brought to justice.

Among them was a rape survivor, who said when she heard the news of the incident last week, she was taken back to the day she was assaulted.

“He just almost resurrected [all] memories of that rape because I’m still on trial.”

She said she knew exactly what gang rape victims in Krugersdorp were going through, adding that she wanted them to know they were not alone.

“I’m just supporting these other girls who have been raped. I know how it feels and I know what’s going to happen to them, the emotional roller coaster and all.”

She said the police are not doing enough to tackle crime in the area and believes a special unit needs to be set up to specifically crack down on gender-based violence.



‘I know how it feels’

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