Durban cop held over daughter's death
Johannesburg - A Durban policeman has been arrested in connection with the rape and murder of his daughter, the independent complaints directorate (ICD) said on Monday.
The 39-year-old warrant officer, who is out on bail, allegedly shot dead his 14-year-old daughter in Umlazi Z Section, in Durban, on Thursday, spokesperson Moses Dlamini said.
He arrived at the house at 19:00 and locked his daughter and her mother in a room.
"He allegedly threatened to kill them. Apparently he was interrupted by a call and [his daughter], who was nine months pregnant, used a spare key to open the door," Dlamini said in a statement.
"As she tried to run away, the suspect fired several shots, fatally wounding her."
The policeman fled to another section of the Umlazi informal settlement, where he was arrested and his firearm confiscated.
When the murder was reported to the ICD at 22:00 on Thursday, it was discovered the officer was out on bail for raping his daughter.
The Umlazi Regional Court had decided to wait until the teenager gave birth so that paternity tests could be done to confirm the rape charges.
"The rape case was never reported to the ICD. The ICD has since taken over the rape investigation."
Dlamini said the policeman appeared in the Umlazi Magistrate's Court on Friday and would appear again this Friday, when he was expected to make a formal bail application.
He would remain in custody until then.