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21 bodies found at South African mine near site of recent gang rape

South African police are investigating the invention of at least 21 bodies suspected of being unlawful miners and found near an lively mine within the city of Krugersdorp, west of Johannesburg. The ugly discover comes only a few months after a brutal gang rape in the identical space shocked the nation.

According to police, 19 bodies had been found on Wednesday afternoon and two extra had been found on Thursday morning. Police mentioned they believe that the bodies had been moved to the situation the place they had been found, which is a privately-owned mine.

“We can confirm that this morning our search and rescue team went back to the scene and, as they were searching, they discovered two more bodies. They retrieved them from an open (mine) shaft,” police spokeswoman Brenda Muridili mentioned Thursday.

The grim discovery is the most recent in a collection of incidents associated to unlawful mining within the Krugersdorp space. In July, eight feminine members of a movie crew had been raped and robbed at an deserted mine within the space, the place they had been engaged on a music video shoot. The incident sparked violent protests in opposition to unlawful miners in surrounding communities.

Last week, rape and theft costs in opposition to 14 males, who’re additionally suspected of being unlawful miners, had been withdrawn after police could not hyperlink them to the rapes via DNA proof. The males had been arrested throughout police raids on the deserted mine the place the rapes passed off.

Illegal mining is rife in South Africa, with miners recognized regionally as “zama zamas” trying to find gold at the numerous disused and deserted mines in and across the Johannesburg area. Krugersdorp is a mining city on the western edges of Johannesburg.

(*21*)Police Arrest Illegal Miners In Krugersdorp In South Africa
Authorities throughout a raid on unlawful miners on August 03, 2022 in Krugersdorp, South Africa. 

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Illegal mining gangs are thought of harmful by the police, are often armed and are recognized to combat violent turf battles with rival teams. The commerce is believed to be dominated by immigrants who enter illegally from neighboring international locations Lesotho, Zimbabwe and Mozambique.

The 14 males who had rape and theft costs in opposition to them dropped are accused of being in South Africa illegally and have been charged with immigration offenses.

Survivors inform CBS News about horrific gang rape

In August, CBS News correspondent Debora Patta met 4 of the younger ladies who survived the ordeal.

They had been accompanied by their moms, who fought again tears as they listened to their daughters recount the horrific ordeal. CBS News modified their names at their request to guard their identities. 

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

“And there were men spreading all over,” interrupted her elder sister Amanda. “They were expanding, maybe 15 or more of them.”

The ladies mentioned they had been encircled by the attackers, who wore balaclavas and compelled them to lie face down in a deep pit. The male members of the crew had been stripped bare and held captive in a separate space.

The ladies instructed CBS News the attackers took turns with all eight of the ladies, who had been tortured and brutalized for greater than three hours earlier than their captors fled.

“We were crying, you know, some of the girls. They were also screaming while they were raping them,” mentioned Bontle.

“And in front of our eyes,” continued Amanda, “the other one, they raped her in front of us.”

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