21 of 81 Suspects Gang-Rape Identified as Children, Mozambican Illegal Migrants

South African authorities charged 14 men with rape this week in connection with the brutal gang-rape of eight women at an abandoned mine near Krugersdorp on July 28, South African news channel Newzroom Afrika reported Thursday, noting that “the majority” of those who were suspected. accused of Thursday’s rape are illegal immigrants “from Mozambique”.

South Africa’s National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) charged seven men with “multiple counts of rape, sexual assault and aggravated robbery” on August 10 in connection with the July 28 incident, South Africa’s Eyewitness News (EWN) reported. Seven suspects in the gang rape were also charged the following day, August 11, according to a separate video report by Newsroom Afrika, bringing the total number of men accused of rape in the case to 14 so far.

EWN noted on Wednesday that the seven men accused of rape that day “were part of a group of eighty-one people, who were initially arrested on charges of being in the country illegally.” The news outlet reported that one of the men accused of rape on August 10 alleged that “he is only 15. He has yet to be age assessed.”

Newszroom Afrika reported that the “majority” of the men accused of rape in Thursday’s case identified themselves as “from Mozambique” during appearances in the Krugersdorp Magistrates’ court that evening.

The suspects were “able to confirm their nationalities […] most of them are from Mozambique, one from Lesotho, and also one from South Africa,” said Newzroom Afrika reporter Malungelo Booi as he stood outside the Krugersdorp Magistrates’ court on August 11.

EWN also noted on August 10 that of the 81 suspects arrested after the July gang-rape, “[t]goy-one […] have since emerged as minors. They are now appearing in the children’s courts. The other 60 will be making their third appearance in the dock on Wednesday.”

South African authorities arrested 81 suspects immediately following a July 28 gang rape outside Krugersdorp. None of the rape suspects had been charged until this week, however, as the majority were initially detained on suspicion of illegal immigration. Authorities in South Africa suspect that a gang of mostly illegal migrants were responsible for the gang-rape of eight women aged between 19 and 37 last month and the women – mainly employed models – attempted to film a music video at an abandoned mine. convenience. According to the accounts of some of the victims, the men surrounded the women while shooting guns in the air and after that they initiated a gruesome gang rape of the group which lasted about four hours.

“One of those eight women was killed by 10 different men,” Newzroom African reporter Malungelo Booi revealed on August 11 after speaking to an NPA spokesperson outside the Krugersdorp Magistrate’s court.

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