South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Friday convicted South Africa’s “mob justice” acts against illegal miners this week in response to the brutal gang rape of eight women by suspected illegal miners last week at an abandoned mine near Krugersdorp, South Africa, eNews Africa (eNCA) reports ).
“Today, we also witnessed mob justice,” Ramaphosa admitted during a telecast Speech At the South African Social Sector Presidential Summit in Boksburg on August 5.
“People, because of their anger, are going out to confront a number of people, and there is justice from the mob,” Ramaphosa was quoted as saying by the agency.
The president noted mob violence against members of the illegal mining camps in Krugersdorp beginning on August 4 and continuing through August 5.
Al Jazeera presented some examples of violence on Thursday, writing:
Thousands of angry residents in the South African city of Krugersdorp have attacked a group of illegal miners with machetes, golf clubs and hammers after a gang rape in the nation last week.
Mobs set their camps on fire in the town of Kaggesu in Krugersdorp on Thursday and fortified roads with stones and burning tires during a protest against the presence of miners they blame for high crime rates in the area.
Some were stripped naked and flogged by residents, while others were expelled from their camps and beaten before being handed over to the authorities. Police maintained a distance and fired stun grenades from a helicopter to disperse the crowd.
The attacks on the camps of illegal miners – colloquially known as “zama zamas” – were perpetrated by local residents. Many locals are frustrated by the alleged inaction by the police about the well-established nefarious activities of the miners in the area. Most of the Zama Zamas entered South Africa illegally from Lesotho, Zimbabwe, and Mozambique.
“Residents of several districts in the West Rand of Gauteng have gone on a rampage against the Zama Zamas after the brutal gang rape of eight women at the Krugersdorp mine dump a week ago,” the Emirates News Agency reported on August 5.
“At the same time, residents of Kagesu say that there is not enough visible police action,” the news agency reported.
Krugersdorp is a city located within the Gauteng province of South Africa, while Kagiso is one of the cities of Krugersdorp.
South African authorities suspect the unidentified zama zama gang committed a brutal hours-long gang rape of eight women in an abandoned mine near Krugersdorp on July 28. The armed gang surrounded the group of women, most of whom were models they were hired for. That day, they tried to shoot a music video in a remote location before repeatedly raped at gunpoint.
“There are young men between the ages of 19 and 37 who were raped by 10 men. You can imagine the shock in this situation,” South African Police Minister Becky Seely Tell eNCA on July 30.
One unidentified gang rape survivor describe it Some of the men who raped her were ‘little boys’ in South Africa Sunday times On July 31.
“They kept asking the younger boys to rape us, beat them and force them to do so,” a woman who helped book the models for the video shoot told the newspaper.
Then the little boys take us, one by one, into the bush. The last time they raped me was in front of the other group.
South African police have arrested more than 80 men, mostly from Zama Zamas, in the week following the July 28 gang rape in Krugersdorp. It remains unclear how many, or if any, suspects are responsible for the gang rape, but the authorities have so far only charged the suspects with illegal immigration or theft.
“DNA and identification tests will be conducted soon to see if any of the suspects are among the group that raped the women,” South African Police Minister Becky Seely told the national electronic news agency on July 30.
“Our labs, which are now grinding, are certainly going to prioritize, and they’re working on that,” he added.