The Nigerian Consulate in Johannesburg has condemned the recent attack on a 22-member movie crew at a mining dump in West Village, Krugersdorp, Gauteng Province, South Africa.

The consulate, in a statement it issued on Monday, described the July 28, 2022 attack on the crew as “atrocious”.

It said a Nigerian-owned firm was involved in the movie production.

It alleged that eight ladies were sexually assaulted with their valuables stolen by the attackers.

The statement said: “The mission conveys its heartfelt condolences to the victims and their families, and pledges to support them to overcome their trauma.

“We stand ready to collaborate with South African authorities to ensure the perpetrators are brought to justice.”

The Consulate also urged members of the Nigerian community in South Africa to lend their full support to the authorities in their ongoing investigations.

It also urged them to remain law-abiding in their host country.

It is believed that the filming crew, from The Red Button, were also robbed of their equipment during the harrowing ordeal.

During the incident, the group allegedly ordered the crew to lie down while they searched them.

The illegal miners then apparently whistled. It was the signal for about 10 other men wearing Basotho blankets and balaclavas to join them.

The zama zamas then allegedly began taking the women, one by one, into the open veld where they gang-raped them.

It is believed that this continued several times while the crew were allegedly also robbed of their clothes, cellphones, jewellery, handbags, equipment and other valuables, estimated to be valued at R1.5 million.