Two cops in court in for rapes of teenagers

2013-10-16 00:00

THE public gallery at the Ntuzuma Magistrate’s Court in KwaMashu was packed with off-duty cops yesterday when two police officers appeared on two unrelated rape cases, one involving the rape by an officer of his own two teenage daughters.

A 40-year-old detective from KwaMashu is accused of raping his 15- and 16-year-old daughters, while a 30-year-old student constable from Inanda appeared before the magistrate for raping a 17-year-old girl from his neighbourhood.

The two separate cases followed each other on the court roll yesterday.

The student constable emerged from the holding cells to face the magistrate. Clad in a navy blue tracksuit sweater and orange T-shirt, he stared straight at the magistrate, with his hands behind his back.

According to Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) spokesperson Moses Dlamini, a teenage girl (17) was walking home from the shop on Saturday evening when the student constable, who was off duty at the time, offered her a lift home.

She turned down the offer as she had almost reached her home.

The constable then allegedly attacked the young girl, dragging her into the bushes where he raped her.

“The girl managed to get herself home. But her sister suspected that something was wrong when her sister [the victim] didn’t want to get out of bed. That’s when she told her sister she was raped,” Dlamini said.

The matter was then reported to the police. The constable handed himself over to the police yesterday morning.

The detective accused of raping his daughters also appeared briefly.

According to Dlamini, the daughters of the 40-year-old detective warrant officer from KwaMashu were “clever enough” to report their father to the police three days ago, after the 16-year-old was raped by her father.

“The 16-year-old told her sister that their father had raped her. That’s when the 15-year-old told her sister that their father had been raping her since March.

“The children were clever enough to go to the police to report the matter,” he said.

The IPID is investigating the incidents.

Both cases were adjourned to October 23, when the two officers will apply for bail. Both accused remain in custody at the Ntuzuma Police Station.

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