Police Minister assures rape survivors that attackers will be found

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The families of some eight survivors of the Krugersdorp gang rape ordeal have called on the South African Police Service (SAPS) to continue the strong police action to arrest their attackers.

Police Minister, General Bheki Cele, met six of the eight survivors of the gang rape that has shocked the nation, along with their families on Sunday 31 July at the Alexandra police station. Some of the survivors are singers, models, presenters, and professional make-up artists. The meeting follows the gang rape and armed robbery of eight women during an alleged attack on a video production in West Village, Krugersdorp, on Thursday, 28 July.

During the meeting, it was revealed that some of the survivors were as young as 19-years old, and Minister Cele assured them and their families that police were leaving no stone unturned in the quest to find their attackers.

While investigations into the alleged robbery and rape are underway to find the suspects, police operations to crack down on illegal activities and arrest undocumented persons as well as wanted criminals in the West Village area continue.

The deployment of drone technology to assist officers on the ground to track suspects in the mining area has resulted in the arrest of at least 84 people. Two suspects died during a shoot-out with police and another wounded suspect is recovering in hospital.

All suspects are expected to appear at the Krugersdorp Magistrates court on Monday, 1 August. They face charges of contravention of the Immigration Act and possession of suspected stolen goods.

Minister Cele has welcomed the mass arrests. “Police are in the air and on the ground, squeezing out criminals regardless of whichever hole they are hiding in. We know this community has been vocal about criminals making their lives a hell there and we are turning the tide”.

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