Cell rape: Stanger cop held

2011-12-19 00:00

A POLICE constable has been arrested for allegedly raping a female suspect in the holding cells in the Glendale police station in Stanger on Saturday afternoon.

Police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker said a female prisoner alleged that a constable who was posted in the community service centre threatened her with a firearm and raped her in her cell.

“The 32-year-old prisoner was in custody for assault,” he said.

Naicker declined to elaborate on the nature of the assault case for fear that it might identify the alleged victim.

When asked how often rape cases occur in holding cells, Naicker said they were rare. He could not say if there had been any similar cases this year.

Naicker said that after the police constable had abandoned his post and fled from the station his colleagues tracked him down and arrested him.

“He remains in police custody until his appearance in the KwaDukuza Magistrate’s Court early this week,” Naicker said.

KwaZulu-Natal provincial commissioner Lieutenant-General Mmamonnye Ngobeni confirmed a criminal case of rape had been opened and a departmental investigation in terms of the SA Police Service disciplinary regulations had been launched.

“I will personally monitor the investigations until its finality,” she said, adding that if the allegations were proved to be true the suspect would face the highest departmental sanction.

“The SAPS abhors this kind of criminal conduct and condemns it in the harshest terms. We have a duty to safeguard awaiting trial prisoners and to treat them with dignity and respect as prescribed in the Bill of Rights as well as the SAPS code of conduct and standing orders,” said Ngobeni.

The Democratic Alliance community safety and liaison spokesperson, Sizwe Mchunu, said the Independent Complaints Directorate (ICD), which he said has been seen as “a toothless dog” needed to step in and deal with such incidents.

“We as the DA have been calling for such institutions like the ICD to make their presence felt by stopping the abuse and killing of people at the hands of police, who are supposed to be the custodians of the law.”

The Inkatha Freedom Party community safety and liaison spokesperson, Blessed Gwala, said the rotten potatoes within the police force should be rooted out.

He blamed the problem on cadre deployment by the ANC government and vowed to continue fighting against it.

The incident comes soon after two Sandton police officers were accused of raping a Fourways woman who was driving home from a Christmas party. They appeared briefly in the Alexandra Magistrate’s Court last week.

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