- Residents in Mogale City are shutting down the community in response to the brutal gang rape of eight women, allegedly by illegal miners
- The community members also believe that government and police are failing to respond to their safety and economic concerns
- The community says it plans to close the mining holes with or without the help of police, and are threatening to destroy informal settlements near the mines as well
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KRUGERSDORP - Mogale City residents are shutting down the community in response to the brutal gang rape of eight women, allegedly by illegal miners last week. The irate community believes the "zama-zamas" are taking over and they are frustrated.
Residents who were interviewed by SABC News say illegal acts are plaguing the area.
“This is not the first incident, to be honest. These people are celebrities, that’s why this is here. Every day there are cases that are running through and is it the most scariest thing ever to live under these circumstances,” one disturbed resident said.
The community also believes that the government and police are failing to respond to their concerns. Police arrested 81 undocumented suspects, who are due to appear in court on Wednesday, 10 August.
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A call for others to join the shutdown on Thursday, 4 August has been made, and residents plan to end the crime in the area.
In a flyer that was seen by the Mail & Guardian, the community says it plans to close the mining access routes, with or without support from the police. It also reads that the informal settlements near the mines will also be destroyed. The flyer adds that there is no space for crime in the city.
South Africans react to the Mogale City shutdown:
“The revolution is upon us.”
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“The officials of the government know about those zama zamas and they also benefit.”
“Oh, are these arrests happening because it has made it on the news? But in the past years when residents were complaining about zama zamas, the police were saying they can’t do anything even when children and women next to WV, Toekies and Mogale J were being raped and killed.”
“Mogale City went all-out chile! All the entrances are closed.”
Krugersdorp attack: ANC’s Pule Mabe says disturbing assault of 8 women “should serve as a wake-up call”
In a related matter, Briefly News also reported the writing on the wall is clear for African National Congress (ANC) spokesperson Pule Mabe, who said the recent Krugersdorp incident is an alarm clock signalling for the nation to wake up.
This comes after eight women were attacked at gunpoint after being ambushed by a gang of alleged zama zamas last week.
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Source: Briefly News