Following the terrible gang rape and robbery of a film team on Thursday, there has been a significant police presence in Krugersdorp ever since.
In addition to the 65 suspects detained on Friday, police detained 17 more people early on Saturday.
Police have been mum over whether any of those detained are directly connected to the horrible act, despite some valuables thought to belong to the crew being retrieved.
Males, particularly those wearing traditional Basotho clothing, have been stealing and raping women in Krugersdorp, according to the area’s female residents who claim that such criminality has become the norm there.
Krugersdorp residents claim that the highly armed men dragged them away from their bedridden partners and raped them in the nearby bushes.
Police have declared that they will remain highly visible in the area.
Since Friday’s visit by police minister Bheki Cele, various police units and law enforcement have been patrolling the area.
Police shot and killed two criminals that day, and they also made 65 other arrests.
According to Brigadier Brenda Muridili, a spokesman for the Gauteng Provincial Police, 22 people—12 women and 10 males—were allegedly attacked while recording a music video by a group of armed individuals wearing blankets.
“The suspects ordered everyone to lay down and proceeded to rape eight of the women and robbed everyone of their belongings, before fleeing the scene,” she said in a statement on Friday.
Lieutenant-General Elias Mawela, the provincial police commissioner for Gauteng, was in charge of the operation, which involved law enforcement agencies and security firms. Tyrone Gray, the executive mayor of Mogale City, also participated.
A total of 65 individuals were detained for violating the Immigration Act, one of them had to be brought to the hospital after suffering gunshot wounds.
Brigadier Muridili said two more suspects were fatally shot after allegedly pointing firearms at the police. “Two unlicensed firearms and explosives, as well as other items that belong to the victims, have since been recovered,” she said.
The team was made up of representatives from the Department of Home Affairs, Special Task Force, National Intervention Unit, Tactical Response Team, Flying Squad, Highway Patrol, Saps Airwing, Tracker helicopter, Crime Intelligence, Special Task Force, Special Task Force, K9, Flying Squad, and K-9 Unit.
Tracking the eluded suspects was made easier for the ground forces by the Airwing and drones.
Following the alleged rape of the eight women, 32 counts of rape are being investigated by police investigators from the family violence, child protection, and sexual offences sections.
Also under investigation is an armed robbery.
More than 80 persons have been detained by police thus far on suspicion of crimes such as unlawful mining, illegal immigration, possession of explosives and weapons, and attempted murder.
It’s not apparent, though, whether any of the suspects have been directly connected to the incident.
The public was urged by Brigadier Muridili to report any criminal activity by calling the toll-free Saps Crime Stop line (08600 10111) or sending tips using the MySAPS app, which can be downloaded on any smartphone.