OVER 80 suspected rapists face calls to be chemically castrated after allegedly assaulting a group of models in a sickening assault.
The eight models were repeatedly gang-raped while filming a music video after 17 men in balaclavas suddenly appeared on set with shots in the air.
More than 80 people appeared in court on Monday after the models were raped at gunpoint by an armed gang.
The youngest victim, a 19-year-old, was raped 10 times, while the oldest was 37.
They were shooting a gospel music video when they were ambushed at an illegal gold mine in South Africa’s Gauteng province.
The heinous crimes have shocked South Africa, which has the third highest rape rate in the world, and renewed calls for chemical castration of convicted sex offenders.
The Women’s League of the leading ANC party proposed chemical castration as a punishment for rapists at a conference on Sunday.
Lindiwe Sisulu, chair of the committee, told media on Saturday that the proposal has been revived in response to a series of recent shocking attacks on women in South Africa.
“What happened in Krugersdorp is just a disgrace to the nation,” Police Minister Bheki Cele said at a press conference on Monday.
A 19-year-old victim lied to her attacker that she had miscarried to save herself from further rape. Sunday Times South Africa reported.
“I had no way out but to lie because they picked us up one by one,” she said. “There were others who were raped by six to ten men.”
Her ordeal lasted four hours, according to the woman’s 21-year-old sister, who was also raped in a nearby ditch.
The victims tried to run, but were stopped by a volley of shots in the air.
They were then forced to lie down when a group of men in balaclavas approached.
Cell phones, jewelry, bags, cash and film equipment were also stolen by the gang before taking one model at a time to the undergrowth and raping them each up to 10 times.
The victims were raped a total of 32 times before the police arrived.
Gunfights broke out with police, killing two miners and injuring a third, the Child Protection and Sexual Offenses Unit said.
I had no way out but to lie because they picked us up one by one
After the shooting, 65 “illegal” miners were arrested.
Police spokesman Brigadier Brenda Muridil said the crew of 22 people – 12 women and 10 men – were filming a music video when they were attacked by a group of gunmen.
It is believed that the models came from nearby Johannesburg. They were hired for a day, it has been reported.
Police recovered firearms, explosives and unlicensed items belonging to the victims during a stabbing.
Cele said last week: “The operation will continue until all suspects are found.
“The response will be serious to show the state that our protection of young women is clear.
“One woman was raped 10 times and the other eight another six and so on. They were all robbed and all their belongings were taken, including their shoes and clothes.
“Even the men were stripped naked and many were naked or just wearing their underpants.”
How to get help
Women’s Aid has this advice for victims and their families:
- Always keep your phone nearby.
- Contact charities for help, including the Women’s Aid live chat helpline and services such as SupportLine.
- Call 999 if you are in danger.
- Familiarize yourself with the silent solution, report abuse without calling, but choose “55” instead.
- Always keep some cash with you, including change for a pay phone or bus ticket.
- If you suspect your partner is going to attack you, try moving to a less risky part of the house, such as where there is a way out and access to a phone.
- Avoid the kitchen and garage, which are likely to have knives or other weapons. Avoid rooms where you could get trapped, such as the bathroom, or where you could be locked in a closet or other small space.
If you are a victim of domestic violence, SupportLine is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 6-8pm on 01708 765200. The charity’s email support service is open weekdays and weekends during the crisis – [email protected]
Women’s Aid offers a live chat service – available on weekdays from 8 am to 6 pm and on weekends from 10 am to 6 pm.
You can also call the free 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247.
The men are alleged to be members of a gang called Zama Zama, known to terrorize, rape and rob locals, according to the report. Mirror.
They also venture into closed mines to search for gold and other valuable materials.