2 police officers held on rape charges

2013-02-22 08:52
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Johannesburg - A 31-year-old police constable appeared in the Dealesville Magistrate's Court in connection with the rape of a woman in Boshof, the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) said on Thursday, while another policeman is due to appear in court on Friday in connection with the rape of a woman at a police station trauma room in the Western Cape.

Spokesperson Moses Dlamini said the first alleged rape took place on 17 February, when the 21-year-old woman from Warrenton in the Northern Cape and her friends were returning from a tavern.

"Apparently the suspect was at the same tavern. The victim, who is the suspect's ex-girlfriend, asked for a lift from the suspect for herself and her party," Dlamini said in a statement.

Dlamini said the officer took the other people to their places of residence and then drove to an unknown road and told the woman that they were going to the Free State.

"The victim asked the suspect to stop so that she could relieve herself. As the victim was getting dressed, it is alleged that the suspect went to the complainant and tried to grab her. The complainant ran around the vehicle [in an attempt] to evade the suspect," said Dlamini.

"The suspect allegedly raped the victim without a condom. The suspect ordered the victim to get into the vehicle and she refused. The suspect assaulted the victim and threatened to kill her."

Dlamini said the woman opened a case of rape at a police station.

The constable fled to Potchefstroom but later handed himself in at the Boshof police station.

The officer appeared in the Dealesville Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.

The case was postponed to 25 February for a bail application, Dlamini added.

Western Cape rape

Meanwhile, the Cape Times reported on Friday that a 52-year-old police constable allegedly raped a 49-year-old woman in the trauma room at the Herbertsdale satellite police station on 15 February. She was apparently trying to lodge a domestic violence complaint.

"After he listened to her complaint, he locked the front door of the station and took the victim by force to the trauma room, where he pulled her pants down and raped her," Dlamini told the newspaper.

The woman returned to the satellite police station to report the rape the next day, and was told officers would come to her house, but they failed to do so, so she reported the rape to her local councillor.

The constable was arrested the next day, and will appear in the Mossel Bay Magistrate's Court on Friday.

- SAPA
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