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More than 80 people brought to justice for a gang rape in South Africa


More than 80 people appeared in court in South Africa on Monday after a gang rape of eight women shocked the country.

On Thursday, a gang of armed men stormed a music video set and raped eight women near Krugersdorp, a small town west of Johannesburg.

No one has yet been charged, but police have accused illegal immigrants working in the area’s mines, arresting 84 people in one raid.

Two other suspects were killed in a shootout with police and a third was wounded, according to police sources.

On Monday, the detainees began appearing in court on charges of having entered the country illegally and being in possession of stolen goods.

National Police Chief Fannie Masemola said it is investigating whether they were involved in the rape.

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President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday described these “horrible acts of brutality” as “an affront to women’s rights” and said “rapists have no place in our society.”

This crime has fueled an ongoing debate in South Africa about chemical castration for rapists.

It has also put pressure on the government, as the opposition says the police are ill-equipped to fight crime in the country, which has one of the highest murder rates in the world.

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