Krugersdorp gang rape: Suspects due back in court on Wednesday

The suspects made their first appearances in the dock of the Krugersdorp Magistrates Court on Monday afternoon, over several hours.

Local residents and anti-GBV activists gathered at the Krugersdorp Magistrate's Court on 1 August 2022 where more than 80 people, who were arrested in connection with the mass rape and robbery of eight women, made their first appearance. Picture: Bernadette Wicks/Eyewitness News

KRUGERSDORP - The suspects arrested in the wake of the rape of eight women in Krugersdorp last week will return to court on Wednesday.

It’s understood that the women were filming a video at an unused mine dump in West Village last Thursday, when they - along with the rest of the crew - were accosted, allegedly by a gang of armed zama zamas.

Police swooped on a total of 81 people in the days following the incident.

For now, though, the only charges they face relate to them allegedly being in the country illegally.

The suspects made their first appearances in the dock of the Krugersdorp Magistrates Court on Monday afternoon, over several hours.

It emerged during proceedings that some 20 of them were juveniles and so their cases are being sent to the children’s court.

The remainder’s cases, however, were postponed to Wednesday for an identity parade to be carried out as well as for them to secure legal representation - a handful on Monday indicated that they wanted to represent themselves but most have requested Legal Aid.

In the meantime, the community is still reeling from shock.

Hundreds of men and women gathered outside the court on Monday, calling for justice, among them Vanessa Mkhawane.

"Over the years, I think nothing was done about all the GBV that’s been happening, so I think this shook a lot of people because it happened - especially in our area - you know, to … all these men on one woman. It’s very, very traumatic," Mkhawane said.

The suspects remain in custody for now.