Metro cop pleads not guilty to rape

2014-06-18 08:42
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Johannesburg - An Ekurhuleni metro police superintendent has pleaded not guilty to rape in the Durban Regional Court, The Star newspaper reported on Wednesday.

The woman, then aged 21, was allegedly raped in a beachfront hotel in Durban in 2012.

Prosecutor Krishen Shah said the police officer, Sydney Dhladhla, 45, and his former girlfriend, Lerato Mohatle, the complainant and three men drove to Durban from Johannesburg for the Durban July horseracing event.

The woman, Mohatle's friend at the time, alleged that Dhladhla came into the room at Garden Court Marine Parade Hotel at 01:00 and raped her.

Benny Ndaba, for Dhladhla, said his client had consensual sex with the woman.

Mohatle said they were intoxicated when they reached the hotel that night.

She later got a call from the hotel manager, saying the woman was crying in his office because someone entered her room and slept with her but it was too dark to know who.

Dhladhla later told Mohatle it was him. Mohatle was angry, but, asked for advice by her friend, said she must lay a charge if she felt violated.

Hotel management called the police and Dhladhla was arrested.
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