Police in South Africa have arrested 65 suspects after eight women were allegedly raped and robbed during the filming of a music video near Krugersdorp on Friday.
Other members of the production crew were also robbed during the attack at a mine dump in West Village.
Two men were shot dead after allegedly pointing firearms at police during the operation. Another is in hospital, says the South African Police Service (SAPS).
A police operation which was also joined by the Executive Mayor of Mogale City, Counsellor Tyrone Gray and his team resulted in the arrest of 65 suspects for contravention of the Immigration Act, including one that is hospitalised for gunshot treatment.
The suspects were arrested for contravention of the Immigration Act. Two unlicensed firearms and explosives have been recovered, along with stolen items. Police are investigating 32 counts of rape and one of armed robbery.
“Two more suspects were fatally shot after allegedly pointing firearms during police operations. Two unlicensed firearms, explosives as well as other items that belong to the victims have since been recovered,” said SAPS in a statement.
“It is reported that on 28 July 2022 in the afternoon, the crew of 22 people (12 women and 10 men), were busy filming a music video when they were allegedly attacked by a group of armed men clad in blankets. The suspects ordered everyone to lay down and proceeded to rape eight of the women and robbed everyone of their belongings before fleeing the scene.”
Among others it involved Crime Intelligence, the Special Task Force and tracker helicopters, along with the Department of Home Affairs and private security stakeholders, SAPS says.
“The multi-disciplinary team comprised of officials from Crime Intelligence, Special Task Force, National Intervention Unit, Tactical Response Team, K9, Flying Squad, Highway Patrol, SAPS Airwing and Tracker helicopter as well as Department of Home Affairs and other private security stakeholders.
“The Airwing and the deployment of drone technology were assisting the ground forces to track the fleeing suspects. The Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences is investigating 32 counts of rape following the rape of the eight women as well as a case of armed robbery.”
The crew of 22 people (12 women and 10 men), were busy filming a music video when they were allegedly attacked by a group of armed men wearing balaclavas and blankets.
Police Minister Bheki Cele says the police investigation will continue beyond the multi-disciplinary operation which resulted in the arrests.
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