21 bodies were found near the scene of a recent gang rape in a mine in South Africa

21 bodies were found near the scene of a recent gang rape in a mine in South Africa

21 bodies were found near the scene of a recent gang rape in a mine in South Africa

South African police are investigating the discovery of at least 21 bodies of suspected illegal miners near an active mine in Krugersdorp, west of Johannesburg. The gruesome discovery comes just months after a brutal gang rape in the same area shocked the nation.

According to the police, 19 bodies were found on Wednesday afternoon, and two more on Thursday morning. Police said they suspect the bodies were moved to the site where they were found, which is a privately owned mine.

“We can confirm that this morning our search and rescue team returned to the scene and found two more bodies as they searched. They pulled it out of the open pit,” police spokeswoman Brenda Muridilli said Thursday.

The grim revelation is the latest in a series of incidents involving illegal mining in the Krugersdorp area. in july eight female members of the film crew were raped and robbed in an abandoned mine in the area where they were working on a video shoot. The incident sparked violent protests against illegal miners in surrounding communities.

Last week, 14 men, who are also suspected of being illegal miners, were charged with rape and robbery. was withdrawn after police were unable to link them rape through DNA evidence. The men were arrested during police raids at the abandoned mine site where the rapes took place.

Illegal mining is common in South Africa, where miners, known locally as “zama zamas”, search for gold in the many disused and abandoned mines in and around the Johannesburg area. Krugersdorp is a mining town on the western outskirts of Johannesburg.

Police arrested illegal miners in Krugersdorp, South Africa
Authorities during an attack on illegal miners in Krugersdorp, South Africa on August 03, 2022.

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Illegal mining gangs are considered dangerous by police, are usually armed, and are known to engage in violent battles with rival gangs. The trade is believed to be dominated by immigrants entering illegally from neighboring countries Lesotho, Zimbabwe and Mozambique.

The 14 men charged with rape and robbery are accused of being in South Africa illegally and charged with immigration offences.

Survivors tell CBS News about horrific gang rape

in august CBS News’ Deborah Patta met four of the young women who survived the ordeal.

They were accompanied by mothers fighting back tears as they listened to their daughters recount their harrowing ordeal. CBS News has changed their names at their request to protect their identities.

“Some of us tried to run,” Bontle, 19, said. “But you know, we couldn’t because they were shooting.”

“And there were people scattered all over the place,” her older sister Amanda interrupted. “They were expanding, maybe 15 or more.”

The women said they were surrounded by attackers who wore headscarves and forced them to lie face down in a deep pit. The male crew members were stripped and held captive in a separate area.

The women told CBS News that the attackers took turns with all eight women, who were tortured and brutalized for more than three hours as their captors fled.

“We were crying, you know, some of the girls, they were also screaming when they were being raped,” Bontle said.

– And in front of our eyes, – continued Amanda, – the other was raped in front of our eyes.

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