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Krugersdorp rape horror: protesters demand justice as suspects appear in court

Chants of condemnation and demands for justice filled the air as gender activists protested outside the Krugersdorp Magistrates’ Court on Monday.

At least 80 men are expected in the dock in connection with the horrific robbery and gang rape of eight women.

Photo: Rosetta Msimango/City Press

Members of Operation Dudula joined the protest outside the Krugersdorp Magistrates’ Court. Photo: Rosetta Msimango/City Press

The survivors were part of a film crew who were ambushed by illegal miners while shooting a music video at a mine dump in West Village on Thursday.

The perpetrators wore Basotho blankets, balaclavas and miners’ overalls.

Speaking to City Press outside the court, gender activist Portia Maseko said that they want to send a message to the perpetrators. Activists are demanding the harshest possible sentence.

The police should stop taking bribes and act decisively against the rapists. We have been reporting the activity at the mine dump for a long time and nothing is being done.

Maseko accused Krugersdorp police of refusing to open cases of rape and domestic violence and instead sending survivors away without assistance.

“The problem is that our police are in the pockets of the criminals, so when we report the crimes, police are the ones who shield the perpetrators.”

Operation Dudula member Ntombi Mazibuko said they were calling for law enforcement to track and arrest illegal immigrants.

This act was committed by a highly organised group of illegal miners who do not have the right to be in South Africa.

“We are calling on law enforcement to act and protect our citizens,” she said.

Photo: Rosetta Msimango/City Press

Photo: Rosetta Msimango/City Press

Photo: Rosetta Msimango/City Press

Protestors outside the Krugersdorp Magistrates’ Court where more than 80 suspects are appearing for the brutal rape of eight young women. Photo: Rosetta Msimango/City Press

Photo: Rosetta Msimango/City Press

Photo: Rosetta Msimango/City Press

Photo: Rosetta Msimango/City Press

Protestors outside the Krugersdorp Magistrates’ Court where more than 80 suspects are appearing for the brutal rape of eight young women. Photo: Rosetta Msimango/City Press

She added that the gruesome attack highlighted how women continue to live in fear for their lives.

“Because of the lack of policing, people who are here illegally can commit these crimes and many of them get away with it because they are untraceable.”

Police Minister Bheki Cele met with the families of the rape survivors at the Alexandra Police Station on Sunday.

Cele said that he had asked the forensic science laboratory to fast-track DNA testing to successfully link the suspects of the Krugersdorp gang rape attack to the crime.

Commissioner for detectives and forensic services Khosi Senthumule said that some of the suspects who were expected to appear in court on Monday were not on the national DNA database.

Remember, these are foreigners, so not all of them will be on our database.

“The team is working around the clock and we believe that by the latest on Friday, we will have the results of their DNA and we’ll be able to match them to the DNA found at the crime scene,” she assured.

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