South African Police Minister Bheki Cele and top police management have conducted a sight visit on the West Rand where eight women were raped, allegedly by a gang of Zama Zamas (illegal miners) on a mine dump on a Friday in July.
On Sunday, Cele and the top cops, which included national police commissioner Fannie Masemola, spent the afternoon interacting with residents of West Village in Krugersdorp.
“The aim of the walkabout is to provide the police top brass [with] an opportunity to hear residents’ lived experiences on the effectiveness of the South African Police Service specialised deployment to counter the illegal mining and Zama Zamas and associated crimes in the West Rand area,” police spokesperson Lirandzu Themba said in a statement.
In July, a group of armed men attacked a production company shooting a music video in West Village. The crew of 20 was also robbed in the attack. Four women who were on the scene were not sexually abused. There were eight men on the set.
Fourteen men have been charged with robbing and raping the group. Seventy other suspected illegal miners have appeared in court on a charge of being in the country illegally.
They were arrested during several operations by police in the aftermath of the attack.