Senior cop convicted of three counts of rape

2013-04-13 09:01

A former senior policeman has been convicted on several charges including rape by the Sasolburg Regional Court, the Independent Police Investigative Directorate has said.

“[The court] found 37-year-old Mahlatse Thobakgale guilty of three counts of rape, one count of pointing a firearm and one count of negligent discharge of a firearm,” spokesman Moses Dlamini said yesterday.

Thobakgale was convicted on Thursday. He was a senior superintendent in the Free State provincial commissioner’s office.

In February 2010 Thobakgale threatened and abducted the Deneysville police station’s clerk.

“[He] threatened the victim, 32 at the time, who is a clerk at the station, with a firearm.”

He forced her into his car and drove her to an isolated spot. He ordered her to strip and then raped her three times. Afterwards Thobakgale took her back to the station, Dlamini said.

He was arrested shortly afterwards and dismissed from the police. He would be sentenced on Monday.

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