Mob attacks illegal miners after rapes shock South Africa

by | Aug 4, 2022 | World

Residents in Krugersdorp take to the streets after eight women were raped in an attack blamed on illegal miners.Thousands of angry residents in the South African city of Krugersdorp attacked a group of illegal miners with machetes, golf clubs and hammers after a gang rape last week shocked the nation.
The mob set fire to their camps in Krugersdorp’s Kagiso township on Thursday and barricaded roads with rocks and burning tyres during a protest against the miners’ presence, whom they blame for high levels of crime in the area.
Some were stripped of their clothes and whipped by residents, while others were chased out of their camps and beaten before being handed to over to the authorities.
Police kept a distance and fired stun grenades from a helicopter to disperse the crowds.
“We want support from the police because the illegal miners are terrorising us. We cannot simply walk around the neighbourhood at night because they rape us,” said Nhlanhla Felatsi who took part in the protest.
Eight models were raped on July 28 when a television crew filming a music video at a mine dump in the nearby township of West Village was attacked by heavily armed men.
Police Minister Bheki Cele said informal miners – commonly known as “zama-zamas” – were likely behind the shocking assault.
Police officers and locals stand next to alleged illegal miners known as ‘zama-zamas’ after residents shut down their camps over the mass rape [Reuters]
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More than 80 suspects appeared in court on Monday. Po …

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