More than 80 people have appeared in court today after eight models were gang-raped at gunpoint by an armed gang as they shot a gospel music video near an illegal gold mine in South Africa.
The shocking crime took place while a production team were filming out in the wilds near West Village, Krugersdorp, near Johannesburg on July 28.
The models and crew were raped up to ten times each, with the youngest victim, a 19-year-old, and the eldest being 37.
The gang also systematically robbed the crew and girls of their mobile phones, rings, jewelery, handbags, cash and cameras.
The incident has shocked South Africa, which has some of the highest crime rates and the third highest rate of rape in the world, and renewed calls for chemical castration of convicted rapists.
‘What happened in Krugersdorp is just a shame of the nation,’ Police Minister Bheki Cele told a press briefing on Monday, adding some of the victims would suffer long-term consequences.
‘Some of those destructions are permanent with those kids,’ he said.
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SOURCE: Daily Mail, Walter Finch and Jamie Pyatt