Durban cop held over daughter's death

2012-03-05 22:22

Johannesburg - A Durban policeman has been arrested in connection with the rape and murder of his daughter, the independent complaints directorate (ICD) said on Monday.

The 39-year-old warrant officer, who is out on bail, allegedly shot dead his 14-year-old daughter in Umlazi Z Section, in Durban, on Thursday, spokesperson Moses Dlamini said.

He arrived at the house at 19:00 and locked his daughter and her mother in a room.

"He allegedly threatened to kill them. Apparently he was interrupted by a call and [his daughter], who was nine months pregnant, used a spare key to open the door," Dlamini said in a statement.

"As she tried to run away, the suspect fired several shots, fatally wounding her."

The policeman fled to another section of the Umlazi informal settlement, where he was arrested and his firearm confiscated.

When the murder was reported to the ICD at 22:00 on Thursday, it was discovered the officer was out on bail for raping his daughter.

The Umlazi Regional Court had decided to wait until the teenager gave birth so that paternity tests could be done to confirm the rape charges.

"The rape case was never reported to the ICD. The ICD has since taken over the rape investigation."

Dlamini said the policeman appeared in the Umlazi Magistrate's Court on Friday and would appear again this Friday, when he was expected to make a formal bail application.

He would remain in custody until then.

  • Bluemast - 2012-03-06 02:47

    How on earth can anyone get bail for alleged rape in the first place? Wtf is wrong with this judicial system? Obviously he is already a flight risk and will try to cover his tracks being an officer himself and will try anything to " protect his image " within the force. He will go to any length to do this and even commit murder because of his state of mind. Come on judges out there surely you can use your integrity better in such cases. He was already hiding behind his badge, don't you think that the case sounded suspicious enough to warrant denial of bail!? This is shocking to say the least. And to all of you out there who in any law enforcement agencies who intend to hide behind your badges, beware, the wheel turns and inmates don't take former police officers lightly if they end up in jail themselves - I've seen this happen, I used to work for the correctional Services when it was still militarised, but even today former law enforcement officers get the stick if they land up inside themselves! Beware! We put our trust in you to serve and protect, on the inside, though, that cannot be assured of you when the inmates get revenge! You better start serving and protecting the community as you pledged when you signed up to join the force/s - it isn't just a job, it is a commitment to the community of this country who expects to trust you with their heart and soul! May you get what you deserve is all I'm telling you now! We don't need scum in any service!

      Jason Children - 2012-03-06 06:01

      the courts are directly responsible for this young girls life. he obviously didnt want the baby to be born and prove the rape case against him. As a country, we let her down. hope the bastard gets whats coming to him!

  • Ashen - 2012-03-06 06:39

    Wolves in sheeps clothing

  • Sidney - 2012-03-06 06:51

    Unless you are a rapist, child molester, extortionist, murderer, torturer thief, hijacker, blackmailer, bully, sadist or all around bad Mofo there will be no place for you in the SAPS. Why do we have to scrape the bottom of the barrel and employ the dregs of humanity (if you can call this miscreant and the majority of the current crop of cops human)to protect and uphold the law.

  • letwice - 2012-03-06 08:11

    If that’s how he treats his own flesh and blood. How are we expected to trust him to serve and protect us.

  • Jou - 2012-03-06 13:20

    There are thousands of ex-cops trying to get back into the Force and they are being one friend has been waiting more than three years. He retired a captain and went on to work in Forensic Investigations for several NGO's and the United Nations. He lectures all over the globe. Unfortunately he is not wanted in the new SAPS. The type of policeman the ANC wants, the ANC gets.

  • Emily-Jane Elson - 2012-03-06 17:42

    Sick Fxxk.. His own child?? WTF is wrong with this world?!?!

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