Just another drunk girl, cop allegedly says about assault victim

2015-07-13 13:19
Sanet de Lange recovers after her brutal assault.(Marius Strydom, Facebook)

Sanet de Lange recovers after her brutal assault.(Marius Strydom, Facebook)

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Cape Town - The family of a Western Cape teenager who was apparently assaulted in a metered taxi last week are accusing a Rondebosch police officer of calling her “just another drunk girl” when they tried laying a charge.

Sanet de Lange was allegedly brutally assaulted inside a metered taxi in the early hours of Friday morning after leaving popular Claremont nightclub, Tiger Tiger, the Cape Times reported.

The 18-year-old said she got into the taxi with the driver and another man and they apparently started arguing. She became scared and jumped out in Rondebosch, about a kilometre from the club.

The two men then allegedly chased after her, and then pinned her to the ground and kicked and hit her. She fought back and ran for her life.

She passed out after hiding under a pile of leaves where she was found by a patrolling police officer, the newspaper reported

“I am so proud of my sister for being such a strong woman and that she could protect herself from them. You are [an] inspiration,” her brother Marius Strydom wrote in a post on Facebook.

But Strydom alleged that when he went to report the incident at the Rondebosch police station, a police officer on duty said she was “just another drunk girl” and wanted to know “for what do you want to make a charge”.

The matter is now being probed by a private investigator.

It is hoped that CCTV footage might reveal who attacked her and what exactly happened, reported Eyewitness News.

Western Cape police spokesperson Captain FC van Wyk told News24 that the family had yet to open a case over De Lange's alleged attack by Monday morning.

The Independent Police Investigative Directorate said the matter does not fall within its mandate.

“What [Strydom] alleges the police [to] have said is a matter that falls under service delivery which means the case should be reported to [the] Inspectorate of Police and not Ipid,” said spokesperson Grace Langa.

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