84 arrested following Krugersdorp rape attacks

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West Village residents near the Krugersdorp disused mine say that they live in constant fear.

Thursday’s brutal gang rape and robbery of a film crew has shone a light on the kind of crime the community deals with daily.

Mogale Local Municipality Mayor, Tyrone Gray says that work is being done to ensure that service delivery can contribute to public safety.

Residents say that criminals take advantage of the tall grass to rape their victims or dump bodies.

Gray says that they are targeting these areas and will either burn or cut the long grass to clear the space.

He also says that cable theft and vandalism is affecting street lighting.

Solar powered lights are being set up in the area to make visibility easier for the police and the public.

These interventions will be coupled with community patrols with police to reduce criminal activities.

Gray was speaking as eight women who were gang raped at the disused mine in Krugersdorp.

The film crew members were forced to the ground and robbed while the others violated the women.

A total of 84 people have since been arrested in connection with the incident.

Police say that undocumented migrants are amongst those arrested.

The suspects are set to participate in an identity parade so that the victims can link them to the crimes at the disused mine in Krugersdorp.

They are due in court on Monday.

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