Suspects arrested in Krugersdorp back in court on Wednesday – SABC News

The case against 81 suspects who were arrested in Krugersdorpwest of Johannesburg over the weekend, has been postponed to Wednesday.

The suspects appeared before the Krugersdorp court on Monday.

They were arrested following the gang rape of eight women who were part of a production crew shooting a music video. At this time, none of the suspects have been linked to the rapes.

Many of them were arrested on charges of illegal mining, possession of explosives, stolen goods, illegal firearms and ammunition, as well as violation of immigration law.

Of the 81 suspects, 20 of them were young people.

Police say the film crew was working at the scene when the attack took place at a mine dump in Krugersdorp on Thursday.

According to the police, the gun-wielding attackers raped the women and robbed them of their belongings.

Meanwhile, outside the court – dozens of GBV activists and members of various political parties gathered their concerns about the incident.

The video below reports on the court proceedings:

Programs to deal with crime

Meanwhile, police say there are mechanisms in place to deal with crime, including illegal miners who are believed to be responsible for the rapes of the women.

National Police Commissioner General Fannie Masemola spoke to the media in Pretoria on Monday.

“We have established teams in provinces that have mines in the Free State, Northern Cape, North West, Gauteng, Limpopo and Mpumalanga. And there have even been operations two weeks ago, there was an operation that involved more than 200 Zama caught Zamas.

But chairperson of the Gauteng Community Safety oversight committee in the Gauteng Legislature Alphina Ndlovana says the provincial police’s strategy to deal with Zama Zamas is lacking and needs to improve.

“Their strategy is not convincing, we have asked them to come up with a better strategy that can help the communities living next to the Zama Zamas.”

It is clear that much more resources, manpower and proactive crime prevention strategies are needed to deal with the scourge of gender-based crime and illegal mining.

The video below is a media briefing by the Ministry of Police:

Suspects arrested in Krugersdorp back in court on Wednesday – SABC News

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