14 illegal miners accused of raping 8 women cleared of rape charges

On Thursday, the Krugersdorp Magistrates' Court acquitted the 14 illegal miners of all the charges of rape, sexual assault, and robbery with aggravating circumstances.


Kaylynn Palm of Action Society, the civil rights organization, is outraged over the news that the suspects will no longer be charged with rape allegations due to insufficient evidence as suggested by the NPA following three months of investigations.


"It is an absolute outrage that it took three months to process the DNA of suspects in the Krugersdorp film crew rape case... Had the DNA backlog been cleared, the national register of sex offenders been up to date, and the DNA samples of convicted offenders been taken before January this year, the case could have been nearing completion," Palm said.


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