Western Cape police captain dismissed

By Drum Digital
15 April 2013

A police captain has been fired for failing to take action against a reservist accused of rape, Western Cape police said on Monday.

"This morning, the provincial commissioner of the Western Cape police... validated the findings of a disciplinary hearing to dismiss a police captain stationed at the Kwanonqaba police station from the service for not assisting a rape victim after the case was reported to him," Lt-Col Andre Traut said in a statement.

In February, a woman went to Herbertsdale satellite police station to report that a police reservist raped her. Traut said the captain dismissed the woman's claims as not serious and did not institute criminal proceedings against the alleged rapist.

"This behaviour is inexcusable and we cannot allow victims of crime, especially those perpetrated against women, to be treated in this fashion."

Traut said the captain's name could not be released as it was an internal disciplinary process.

-Sapa

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