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South African mob attacks ‘illegal” miners after eight women were raped during video shoot

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Hundreds of angry residents of a South African mining city of Krugersdorp, on Thursday, took out their anger on ‘illegal’ migrant miners and attacked them with machetes, golf clubs, iron rods and hammers following the gang rape of eight models during a musical video shoot.

The eight models were raped on July 28 when a television crew filming a music video at a mine dump in the township of West Village, was attacked by heavily armed men.

The mob which chanted war songs as they went about looking for the miners accused of committing rape and other crimes in the city, set fire to their camps in the Krugersdorp’s Kagiso township, barricaded roads with rocks and burned tyres during the protest against the miners’ presence.

Some of the miners were stripped naked and beaten by the residents, while others were chased out of their camps and beaten before being handed to over to the authorities.

On Tuesday, the South African police had charged 84 suspects to court following the gang rape which Police Minister Bheki Cele, called “shame of a nation.”

The police in a statement, said they were still analysing DNA evidence and investigating 32 counts of rape to ascertain the level of culpability of the suspects.

Cele said informal miners commonly known as “zama-zamas” were likely behind the shocking assault.

Krugersdorp, a mining city on the western edges of Johannesburg, is populated by armed gangs battling for control of abandoned shafts to exploit any remaining gold, with the trade believed to be dominated by immigrants who enter the country illegally from neighbouring countries like Lesotho, Zimbabwe and Mozambique.

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UN peacekeeping mission to resume operations in Mali month after suspension

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Barely a month after the Malian junta suspended operations of UN peacekeeping troops on its soil, a spokesperson of the mission has confirmed that mission will resume again on Monday.

Malian authorities in a statement in July suspended all rotations of the military and police contingents of the United Nations Mission in Mali (UNMIS). The suspension was in continuation of its position of severing foreign relations, the suspension includes UN mission that are already scheduled.

The spokesperson said the mission and Malian authorities had agreed on a streamlined rotation procedure and that the mission’s request to resume rotations on Monday had been accepted.

Mali’s foreign ministry could not be immediately reached for comment.

Relations between Mali and troop-contributing countries remain strained. On Friday, Germany said it was suspending its military reconnaissance mission, which provides intelligence to MINUSMA, after Malian authorities withheld a flight clearance

Mali under the current Junta of Colonel Goita has been on a thread of breaking diplomatic relations with allies.

It started by breaking defense alliance with the French, the junta also quit the anti-jihadist force, G-5 force but has enjoyed good relationship with Russia.

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15 African migrants found dead in the Libyan-Sudan border desert

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At least 15 African migrants were found dead on Saturday in the desert on the Libyan borders with Sudan, with authorities saying the tragedy involved migrants seeking a better life in Europe while perilous journeys through the deserts and the Mediterranean Sea.

The discovery of the victims was made by the Libyan Department for Combating Irregular Migration, in the southeastern city of Kufra, which said the migrants were on their way from Sudan to Libya when their vehicle broke down due to lack of fuel.

The agency, in a statement, said nine other migrants survived while two remain missing in the desert.

It added that there were women and children among the migrants, but did not elaborate on how many they were.

It also did not reveal causes of the migrants’ death, but said they did not have enough food and water.

“All the migrants were Sudanese, from a country in turmoil for years. The migrants likely attempted to reach western Libya in efforts to board trafficking boats to Europe,” the department said on its Facebook page.

In June, the Libya authorities had also discovered bodies of 20 migrants in the sprawling Kufra desert who they said died of thirst after their vehicle broke down close to the border with Chad.

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