The multidisciplinary team comprised of officials from Crime Intelligence, Special Task Force, National Intervention Unit, Tactical Response Team, K9, Flying Squad, Highway Patrol, SAPS Airwing and Tracker helicopter as well as the department of home affairs and other private security stakeholders, she said. The Airwing and the deployment of drone technology were assisting the ground forces to track the fleeing suspects.
Muridili added that the Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences unit was investigating 32 counts of rape after the rape of the eight women as well as a case of armed robbery.
She said the crew of 22 people — 12 women and 10 men- , were busy filming a music video when they were allegedly attacked by a group of armed men clad in Basotho 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.”
Police minister Bheki Cele announced earlier that three suspects had been arrested in connection with the incident, but later disclosed that 65 arrests had been made.
“Initially I said there were three people arrested but there are now 65. They are in the cells now,” said Cele.
The group was arrested in some mountains and bushes close to the unused mine dump where the rape had occurred.
The victims were aged between 19 and 35. Each of the victims were raped by between eight and 10 attackers.