Krugersdorp gang rape: Seven more suspects arrested. Police have arrested seven more suspects in connection with the Krugersdorp gang rape.
To take down the Zama Zamas’ illicit mining syndicates in Randfontein, west of Johannesburg, Police Minister Bheki Cele on Tuesday worked with a multidisciplinary team of police officers, the Tactical Response Teams (TRT), the Hawks, and private security.
Throughout the operation, more than 40 suspected illegal miners were detained.
Cele claims that the police are looking into and locating those involved in illegal mining in the West Rand, not just the zama zamas—often young, hopeless people living abroad illegally.
“What is worrying, you see very young people from Mozambique, and I don’t know if those guys on their own found their way down here. It does look like there is some form of human trafficking. Maybe we are doing enough on the ground level, but we need to go upstairs, we need to find the bosses.
“What we don’t need to do now is we don’t have to stop. We need to keep rolling with this operation in these four problematic provinces,” Cele said.
During the operation, police exchanged gunfire with men believed to be illegal miners.
According to paramedics, a man who was allegedly found shot and injured at a defunct mine in Luipaardsvlei has subsequently passed away.
Cele says the firearms seized at the scene are also suspected to come from Mozambique.
“The investigations will tell us more, but those guns are not from channels of Saps, Saps don’t have AK47s. Most of these people are from Mozambique, so we hope that most of the guns will be from there and other countries, but there are a lot of guns here.”
Eight ladies, aged 19 to 35, were allegedly sexually assaulted at gunpoint and their film team was held hostage last Thursday during a music video shoot near a mine dump in the West Village.
At least 84 individuals were detained in connection with the gang rape, and on Monday, they appeared in court for the first time to answer charges of illegal mining, violating the Immigration Act, and possessing allegedly stolen goods.
The suspects are anticipated to return to court on Wednesday.