Cop who raped abuse victim suspended

2011-11-22 08:09

Polokwane - A Limpopo police officer who was arrested and charged for the rape of a domestic violence victim has been suspended without pay from the police service.

Warrant Officer Isaac Rammala, 45, was arrested last Friday after he allegedly raped a woman on police premises.

“He has been suspended from the service without pay according to Section 43 of the SA Police Service Act,” said provincial police spokesperson Hangwani Mulaudzi on Monday.

Rammala was granted R1 500 bail by the Seshego Magistrate's Court. His case was postponed to 24 January 2012 pending further police investigations.

He is accused of raping a 21-year-old woman who was temporarily housed at the Seshego police station for social worker counselling.

'Should rot in jail'

It is alleged the victim went to the police station on Friday night after experiencing domestic violence.

The victim was then taken to the Victim Support Centre for temporary accommodation pending social worker intervention, where she was then allegedly raped by the officer.

The woman immediately reported the matter to the police in the Community Service Centre.

Rammala was arrested and stripped of his uniform.

The provincial police commissioner, Lieutenant General Simon Mpembe, has condemned the incident and the granting of bail to the suspect.

He said that if the allegations were true, the alleged rapist did not deserve to be in the police service.

“He should rot in jail for what he did to this innocent woman. He is a disgrace to the SAPS and to community he serves. I suspended him with immediate effect. I do not work with criminals and that is the bottom line,” Mpembe said.

  • Mzamo - 2011-11-22 08:30

    FIRE HIM!!!

      procold2 - 2011-11-23 13:11

      hang him

  • NrGx - 2011-11-22 08:35

    suspended???? should be FIRED and put in jail without bail!

      Felix - 2011-11-22 10:17

      No suspended is right, except it should be by his neck from a tree.

  • Masiagwala Alilali Allie - 2011-11-22 09:01

    Fire the horny bastard.

  • Marion - 2011-11-22 09:10

    I'm wearing black today.

      Theresa - 2011-11-22 09:48

      So am I!

  • Theresa - 2011-11-22 09:16

    Why suspend him?He should be fired! Revoke his bail and let him rot in jail.Useless piece of scum!

  • Martin - 2011-11-22 09:24

    wonderful, a woman goes to the police for help after being abused and what do they do, rape her...what message does this will another woman have the courage to stand up for herself when abused and go to the cops after hearing this...

  • sb.prins1 - 2011-11-22 09:30

    @ marcel verster: Suspended without pay, read carefully. They have to by law investigate and then of course get him in form of the court. The guy was also stripped of his uniform and has been treated as a criminal as he should be. So where is the issue here?

  • Jamie - 2011-11-22 10:16

    Previously they used to hang criminals, now they just suspend them.

      Julie - 2011-11-22 10:55

      Jamie, I LOVE your play on words! Well said!!!

  • Transkie Sun - 2011-11-22 10:42

    Communist, Shameful, sickness, uneducated, lying, selfish, blasphemy, no god, poor, disease, greedy, gluttony, anger, lawless, racist, SOUTH AFRICA may god save your sole

      Sganja - 2011-11-22 10:47

      I agree may God not god.

      Moi - 2011-11-22 10:49

      are you referring to our fish or to our feet?

  • Alva - 2011-11-22 10:51

    Well said Mpembe!

  • Julie - 2011-11-22 10:54

    And two cops - one white, one black, who were doing their duty by pulling Winnie Mandela off the road for a traffic violation get fired for doing so while Winnie (once again) gets off scot-free to continue thumbing her nose at law and order, (remember she never served a day of her 14-year sentence for - among others - the Stompie Seipei incident) just because she happens to be Mandela's ex who also screamed on TV for all the world to see: "Weeth our metches end our necklesses we weel leeberate thees country.." But the two cops who LEGALLY and in the line of DUTY have been fired by another corrupt cop, their boss... Yep, as George Orwell said in Animal Farm: "All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others..."

  • Simone - 2011-11-22 11:21

    Good for you Mpembe!

  • leon.vonsolms - 2011-11-22 12:03

    Hope they did all the tests right away. Only way to nail him, if he is guilty.

      Mandy - 2011-11-23 11:13

      the docket will be "lost"

  • Michelle - 2011-11-22 12:32

    He should be in jail not out on bail!!!!! If he raped once, he'll do it again!! He is a danger to every woman out there!!

  • BelindaS12 - 2011-11-22 13:35 PLEASE SUPPORT US BY SIGNING THIS PETITION

  • Goonygugu - 2011-11-22 14:27

    well done for taking a stand against this. Fire him and then take further action.

  • hvklein - 2011-11-23 09:14

    Why is the s.o.b not behind bars until his trial? are criminal cops above the law or his he a friend of Moolius?

  • Mandy - 2012-01-28 07:00

    NO GOOD JOB... suspension, absolutely what he deserves, im sure he will learn his lesson while on suspension. you know, he just needs some time to think about his action and realize that what he did was wrong. agh, no punishment enough.. mpempalina,I THINK WE SHOULD RATHER DO THIS... fire him i think, and then after that WE FIRE YOU FOR SUSPENDING THE DUDE... POLICEMEN THESE DAYS ARE A DISGRACE...

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