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DNA tests clear rape-accused cops

2012-03-16 18:01

Johannesburg - Charges have been withdrawn against two Johannesburg policemen accused of raping two sisters in Sandton last year, the Independent Complaints Directorate (ICD) said on Friday.

Spokesperson Moses Dlamini said DNA tests had excluded them as suspects.

"Blood was drawn from the suspects for DNA analysis with the samples taken from the victims. No male DNA was found, which excludes the policemen as suspects," he said.

"The ICD has been informed by the Director of Public Prosecutions that charges have been withdrawn."

The two were accused of raping two sisters at different places on December 2.

The policemen did stop at the complex where the sisters lived, but tracking records showed that they were not placed at the scene of the rapes, Dlamini said.

Comments
  • Tony Lapson - 2012-03-16 18:13

    "Blood was drawn from the suspects for DNA analysis with the samples taken from the victims. No male DNA was found, which excludes the policemen as suspects," Seems legit.

      Kolobe - 2012-03-16 19:06

      let the sisters face the wrath of the law

      rbczovczov - 2012-03-17 10:12

      I did register my doubt and reservations when this story was first published here last year as it did not seem to add up. Most members here rebuked me as an insensitive a$$hole. I guess I was right after all.

      John - 2012-04-25 17:11

      @ Kolobe.... Maybe you should be asking why no charges have been laid against the girls... Maybe you should also consider the fact that the girls were medically examined and DNA taken. Now consider what state department does the DNA testing... The cops want this one to go away. They don't have a very good track record.

  • Spook - 2012-03-16 18:16

    Yes it is true but it states that no male DNA was found. Very strange unless a woman raped them

      Alex - 2012-03-16 19:59

      Good thinking!

  • Morne - 2012-03-16 18:17

    Now the question is what happens to those who accused them? Did the sisters point them out and accused them? Was it a circumstantial arrest?

  • Adil Smit - 2012-03-16 18:25

    Or maybe the rapists used condoms, then no male DNA would be on the victims but they were still raped.

  • John - 2012-03-16 18:27

    No male DNA found from a sample taken from a rape victim. These girls were examined by a medical doctor to confirm that they had been raped. Sounds like not all is well here..... Sperm without male DNA....?? Time for independent laboratories.

      Sidney Gilroy - 2012-03-16 19:20

      Sperm is not the only marker for DNA. Any human cell can tell you the sex of the person it came from. Its in your sixth chromosome.

  • Se-a Spencer Ikeremm - 2012-03-16 18:34

    You don't get raped and then there's absolutely nothing on you to show it. If not sperm, then a hair, a little saliva somewhere, anything. If nothing of the police officers was found, you have to wonder if there even was a rape, like was there signs of forced entry... People really should stop false accusations, the REAL horror stories of modern SA don't need company.

  • barry.mcbride - 2012-03-16 18:35

    A woman can be raped with various objects that obviously don’t have any DNA, but that’s clearly not the case here I guess.

  • deon.fourie - 2012-03-16 18:52

    Yeah, as much as we've lost faith and tend to despise many of our Police members these days, given the current trend of public discourse it would be tragic if someone set out to lodge a false complaint and won (For what reason? The mind boggles) Say what you will, but it takes some serious balls to be a truly dedicated South African crime fighter in 2012 A.D.

      deon.fourie - 2012-03-16 19:09

      And yes, I know. It's more likely that these guys did actually rape them but somehow the evidence didn't check out. Thing is though, no one knows and it's Friday evening right now... I'll spare the negativity for Monday :)

  • Luzuko Tosh Plaatjie - 2012-03-16 18:57

    What if they used a condom while raping the victims?

      deon.fourie - 2012-03-16 19:01

      Good question! Imagine trying to prove/disprove that one. Uuugh, glad I'm not a lawyer on this case. I'd lose sleep.

      Adil Smit - 2012-03-16 20:51

      Exactly, then the rapist would not have left behind any DNA evidence.

      Mike - 2012-03-17 05:52

      Even if they used a condom a sign of DNA would be available,a hair,saliva,etc.

  • Liz - 2012-03-16 19:03

    travesty of justice here...sorry....people get PAID to change evidence...this is sickening and saddening....

  • Sidney Gilroy - 2012-03-16 19:17

    Read the report - NO male DNA found. I am sorry, these girls must be charged with defeating the ends of justice.

      Adil Smit - 2012-03-16 20:00

      If the rapists used condoms, no DNA from the rapists would be found.

      Nadia - 2012-03-17 12:05

      Story from lawyer yesterday was that the DNA tests were inconclusive as there was insufficient material for testing even though, at the time of examination, it was noted there was a large amount present. Amazing to me that in both cases exactly the same outcome. I don't believe this is the end of this story!

  • Sam - 2012-03-16 19:43

    when I was listening to defence lawyer in the morning at 702 it was very depressing that these two innocent men were dismissed from their jobs on 8 Dec their bonds were nt paid, children did nt have normal charismas they wre very traumatized by these drunkard whores I knew from the start that these sluts are lying , when two or more policemen are assigned for duty they dont know or trust each , in that regard its very difficult to commit such lousy blunder, they must take these sluts to task until the truth comes out and serve as lesson for all women who take advantage with disadvantage

      Herman - 2012-03-16 20:35

      I don't like the degrading way you refer to these women. If you cannot say something good of somebody, it is better to shutup.

      Adil Smit - 2012-03-16 20:49

      Thanks, Herman for saying that. If the rapists used condoms no DNA would be found.

      Lion - 2012-03-17 03:04

      Where there is smoke... There is certainly a fire

      John - 2012-03-17 09:09

      10 Points Sam.... you believe every thing a lawyer says?? He's paid to tell you what his client want you to hear. 1. The girls weren't drunk.... any charges to that effect laid against them? 2. They were not dismissed. Suspended on full pay. 3. Was the medical doctor who examined them also a "lying drunkard" whore. I think you a brainless drunkard scum bag who doesn't think deeper than your finger can reach.

  • Mandu Ngcobo - 2012-03-16 20:02

    Thank science for DNA tests! We don't want innocent people going to jail, but what about their reputations? The people who accused them must be punished.

  • Khomo - 2012-03-16 20:12

    This is weird. Either there is no DNA match or there is, which is the whole point of DNA analysis. But to say there is no male DNA found just compounds the mystery. If there is no male DNA found, this could have been confirmed by the samples from the victims since DNA analysis is now so highly sophisticated it can even pinpoint gender, ethnicity etc. We have two male officers accused of raping two sisters. So for me, either this is bad reporting or the spokeperson for the police does not know what they are saying. Either way, I hope justice prevails either way so this mysterious rape can be resolved. It is tough being a clean cop in our beloved country without this sort of situation.

      deon.fourie - 2012-03-16 20:21

      "It is tough being a clean cop" Indeed! All of the cops I've ever had a run-in with were always a-holes... but you know what? They were always fair too and never gave my any crap I didn't deserve, and I respect (and prefer) that. For once, I truly hope this was a false accusation because if it isn't, my own distrust and moral discourse will only slide further down an -already- slippery slope.

  • Sue - 2012-03-16 20:49

    Isn't this - again - a case of 'he said, she said, who lied?' So damn sad that there should even be questions, both sides. Cry the beloved country, we are indeed destroying all that has been fought for, and fought over, for so long.

  • Sam - 2012-03-16 21:11

    @Adil Smit This might be gud news in SA , how many rape cases reported done with condms

  • luytster - 2012-03-16 22:03

    The real question here is why all of a sudden it only takes 3 months to do a DNA analysis on these suspects and can take up to five years if you are the man in the street. Makes you think what strings were pulled behind the scenes and if they were how reliable is this evidence?

      annelize.jerling - 2012-03-16 22:17

      I some cases testing is complete within days,as with the case

  • annelize.jerling - 2012-03-16 22:23

    Its sad - Two 'victims' and Two 'accused' What if rape did take place but it wasn't these two men? Suspended from jobs, had a bleak Christmas..where and who are the real rapists? If SAPS report on the tracking devices, why are we looking for excuses to say it can be dismantled - surely tampering will be picked up? The NPA was criticized for withdrawing the case, how could they not? I really hope the truth will come out. Soon.

  • Cecile - 2012-03-16 23:00

    Funny how the ewn article specifically stated that 'DNA results were inconclusive'. Now the NPA says 'THERE WAS NO MALE DNA FOUND'. FASCINATING CHANGE OF TUNE.

      TaniaSandraSteyn - 2012-03-17 00:44

      I smell a rat. On which side the rat recides, needs to be determined by a lie detector test. If these ladies are playing a game, or the men concerned - they are making a mockery of the fight against rape in SA.

  • sophia.barnes3 - 2012-03-17 01:58

    I happen to know a number of really great police officers. Off course there are "rotten apples". I just feel so bad for the good police officers, whom I believe are the majority. I also feel bad for the victims of rotten cops. It is a human condition - wherever you have power, you have corruption. I hope for all our sakes that these police officers are innocent.

  • Arnold Greyling - 2012-03-17 14:26

    Absolutely shocking that the ICD would stop the prosecution based on DNA results showing \no male DNA\. This indicates a gross misunderstanding of the DNA results if this is the case. It is unacceptable to ignore other evidence in a case when this is the DNA result. Only if DNA profiles were generated and the suspects excluded, the DNA evidence has value. The absence of DNA does not automatically prove innocence of the suspects. These people need training, and urgently!!

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