South African police raided the mine, exchanged gunfire and arrested 84 people after raping eight actors on set.
The suspects were arrested after police raided the mine in Krugersdorp, west of Johannesburg, South Africa’s largest city. Two suspects were shot dead in a shootout with police, while another was injured and is being treated at a local hospital.
The mine is close to the filming site of the July 28 attack that rocked South Africa. The gunmen then attacked while the crew was unloading equipment and preparing the set to shoot the music video. Eight 18-35 year old actresses were raped, while the men in the cast were stripped naked and robbed.
South African Police Minister Bheki Cele said the gunmen were all illegal immigrants from abroad. “The case is a national disgrace,” Cele told a news conference on Friday, after the suspects were brought before the court for their first hearing. “Some of the young victims have suffered permanent damage.”
South Africa’s national police chief, Fannie Masemola, said rape charges would be filed after a full investigation was carried out.
Many protesters gathered outside the courthouse, holding placards reading “No bail for rapists” and “Am I the next victim?”.
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa yesterday declared “these atrocities are acts against the right of women and girls to live in freedom and safety”, and asserted that “rapists do not have a place in South African society”.
On average, South African police receive a rape report every 12 minutes, with both male and female victims. Statistics for the first quarter of this year show that South Africa recorded at least 6,083 murders and nearly 11,000 rapes.
Duc Trung (Theo AFP)