60 accused to appear in Krugersdorp court on immigration-related charges

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60 accused to appear in Krugersdorp court on immigration-related charges
60 accused to appear in Krugersdorp court on immigration-related charges

Africa-Press – South-Africa. Sixty men are to appear in the Krugersdorp Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday after they were arrested during illegal mine raids in the wake of the gang-rape of eight women on the set of a music video shoot in Gauteng last month.

The accused face immigration-related charges. None of them have been charged with rape or sexual assault.

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At their appearance last week, the court was asked to postpone the case so an ID parade could be held to determine who to link to the rape allegations.

Initially, police arrested more than 80 people, but it later emerged in court that more than 20 of them were minors. The minors’ cases were transferred to a children’s court, where proceedings are held in camera (behind closed doors).

Police have since deployed specialised units to the area to deal with illegal mining in the area.

While addressing a crowd during an imbizo in West Village over the weekend, Police Minister Bheki Cele said more than 300 miners were arrested over the last two weeks.

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Cele also tasked deputy national police commissioner, Lieutenant General Tebello Mosikili, to multiply forces on the ground.

Representatives of political parties were protesting outside the court on Wednesday.

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