South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Friday condemn South Africans carried out a “mob justice” operation against illegal miners last week in response to the alleged murder of eight women by illegal miners in an abandoned mine near Krugersdorp, South Africa, last week, according to Electronic News Channel Africa (eNCA). brutal gang rape.
“Today, we also saw mob justice being played out,” Ramaphosa admitted on televised speech At the South African Presidential Social Sector Summit in Boksburg, August 5.
“People, because of their anger, went out against some and there was mob justice,” Ramaphosa was quoted as saying by the eNCA.
The President referred to the violence by the mob against members of the illegal mining camp in Krugersdorp that began on 4 August and continued until 5 August.
Al Jazeera detailed Thursday’s violence, writing:
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 case shocked the nation last week.
“On Thursday, rioters set fire to their camp in the town of Kargiso in Krugersdorp and blocked roads with stones and burning tires in protest of the presence of miners, who they accuse of high crime rates in the area. high.
Some were stripped naked and whipped by residents, while others were driven from the camp and beaten before being handed over to the authorities. Police kept their distance and fired stun grenades from helicopters to disperse the crowd.
Attacks on illegal miners’ camps – colloquially known as “zama zamas” – were carried out by local residents. Many locals are frustrated by the inaction of the area’s miners for the established evil. Most zama zamas enter South Africa illegally from Lesotho, Zimbabwe and Mozambique.
On 5 August, the eNCA reported: “Following the brutal gang-rape of eight women at the Krugersdorp mine a week ago, residents of several areas of West Rand, Gauteng, began violent attacks on zama zamas. “
“Meanwhile, Kagiso residents say there is not enough visible policing,” the news agency reported.
Krugersdorp is a small town in Gauteng, South Africa, while Kajitho is a town in Krugersdorp.
South African authorities suspect that an unnamed zama zama gang carried out a brutal hours-long gang rape of eight women at an abandoned mine near Krugersdorp on July 28. Armed gangs surrounded the group of women, most of them for the day they attempted to film a music video in a remote location, before repeatedly raping them at gunpoint.
“Young people between the ages of 19 and 37 were raped there, some of them by 10 men. You can imagine the trauma of that situation,” said South African Police Minister Bheki Cele Tell eNCA on July 30.
An anonymous survivor of a gang rape describe Some of the men who raped her as a ‘little boy’ tell South Africa sunday times July 31st.
“They kept telling the little boys to rape us and they would beat them and force them to do it,” a woman who helped book the model for the video told the paper.
“Then the little boys would take us one by one into the bushes. The last time they raped me was in front of another group of people,” she said.
In the week since the July 28 mass rape in Krugersdorp, South African police have arrested more than 80 men, most of them zama zamas. However, it was unclear how many or if any suspects were responsible for the gang rape, as authorities have so far only charged suspects with illegal immigration or theft.
On July 30, South African Police Minister Bheki Cele told eNCA that “DNA testing and identification parades will be held soon to determine if any suspects belong to groups that rape women.”
“Certainly, our lab, which is working on it right now, will give priority to working in this area,” he added.