Laingsburg cop arrested for police cell rape

2016-12-05 18:03
Holding cells. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

Holding cells. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

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Cape Town - A Laingsburg police officer, who allegedly raped a woman in custody, was arrested after an identity parade was conducted on Friday, the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) said on Monday.

He had been charged with rape and pointing a firearm, said Ipid spokesperson Moses Dlamini.

The man, who cannot be named, appeared in the Laingsburg Magistrate's Court on Monday. The matter was postponed until next Monday for a formal bail application.

He allegedly threatened the woman, 20, with a firearm, before raping her more than a week ago.

At the time she was being detained for theft in the police cells of the local police station.

"While she was still in the police cells, a police official entered and went straight to her. He grabbed, kissed and undressed her. They struggled with each other," said Dlamini.

Secondary victimisation

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The officer's firearm apparently fell in the struggle. He allegedly grabbed it, pointed it at her, and told her he would shoot her if she cried.

She opened a case of rape the next day.

Anti-abuse activist Lucinda Evans previously said someone had tracked her down in Lavender Hill, Cape Town, 280km from the rural town, and alerted her to the incident via text messages.

She was able to talk to the woman over the phone briefly. She was apparently admitted to hospital because of her injuries.

Evans said on Monday that the woman had since been released from hospital and was thrilled that a suspect had been arrested.

Evans, who runs the non-profit organisation Philisa Abafazi Bethu, said many people complained about secondary victimisation at police stations.

She would keep a close eye on the investigation and make sure the woman received support.

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