GAUTENG-(MaraviPost)-South Africa’s police arrested 80 suspects for allegedly gang-raping eight women during movie production for a Nigerian-owned production firm in Gauteng Province, South Africa.
The Nigerian Embassy in South Africa confirmed the unfortunate incident in a statement.
During the incident, the suspects allegedly ordered the crew members to lie down while they searched them and seizing their items including clothes, cellphones, jewelers, handbags, equipment and other valuables, estimated to be valued at R1.5 million.
The gang then allegedly began taking the women, one by one, into the open veld where they gang-raped them.
According to Police spokesman Brigadier Brenda Muridili, the crew of 22; 12 women, aged 19 to 39, and 10 men were filming a video clip when they were attacked by a group of armed men wearing blankets.
He disclosed that an operation led by Gauteng Provincial Commissioner of Police, Lt. Gen. Elias Mawela has resulted in the arrest of the 65 suspects.
“During the operations, two suspects were shot and killed. Police seized two firearms and explosives without a license while items belonging to the victims were recovered. A total of 65 suspects were arrested for breaking the law on immigration. One of them was hospitalized with gunshot wounds,” said Muridili in a statement.
The suspects are expected to appear at the Krugersdorp Magistrates Court to answer multiple charges including illegal entry into the country and rape.
The country’s president President Cyril Ramaphosa has strongly condemned the tragic incident.
Meanwhile, Ramaphosa has directed the minister of police and law enforcement agencies to immediately embark on thorough search for the other perpetrators and bring them to book so they can be dealt with.