Crime intelligence officer accused of raping woman at Eastern Cape police headquarters

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  • A 21-year-old woman was allegedly drugged and raped by a police officer at the Eastern Cape police headquarters on Saturday.
  • The victim managed to escape and reported the rape to police.
  • The case has been handed over to the Independent Police Investigative Directorate.

A 51-year-old Eastern Cape crime intelligence police officer was set to appear in the Zwelitsha Magistrate's Court on Wednesday for allegedly drugging and raping a 21-year old woman at the local police headquarters at the weekend.

The Warrant Officer was brought to court, but his case was not on the court roll and the docket was still being studied by the senior State prosecutor.

He cannot be named until he has pleaded.

Asked why the case was not heard on Wednesday, National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Anelisa Ngcakani said the matter had been referred back to the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) for further investigation.

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"A decision will be made once the investigation is complete," Ngcakani added.

An internal police report into the allegations, seen by News24, revealed details about the alleged incident.

The report stated that the officer picked the woman up to give her a lift. Shortly after, he pretended to get a call which necessitated him to turn back to the police head office about 5km away.

The confidential report stated:

Upon arrival at the provincial head office, the male (Warrant Officer) allegedly opened his office door with a key and requested the young lady to enter too. Thereafter, he offered her a drink as he was busy doing a task on his computer. As she was carrying on drinking the substance she was given, she became dizzy, and it was then that the suspect took out a fleece blanket from somewhere within his office and spread it on the floor and [allegedly] sexually forced himself to the victim and raped her.

The report further stated that the victim was passed out the entire Saturday night while the police officer slept in a seated position in his office chair.

On Sunday at 07:00, the officer apparently drove the victim to a lodge in the Quzini area outside Qonce, where he ordered her to take a shower.

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The victim managed to escape through a bathroom window while the suspect allegedly waited for her in bed.

The report revealed that after escaping from the lodge, she then hitchhiked to Qonce police station and reported the incident.

While waiting at court on Wednesday for his matter to be heard, the accused complained to News24 during the brief adjournments about his dissatisfaction over his detention. 

He claimed that since he was detained at the Zwelitsha police station, on Monday, he had been refused access to his lawyer and family.

"This is a violation of my rights. They told me I was not allowed visitors because of Covid-19 protocols, but what about my lawyer? Since detention, I have not consulted with a legal representative and my lawyer was physically turned away from the police station as well as my family. They are not even aware that I am at court today," the police officer said.

Allegations

Eastern Cape police spokesperson Brigadier Thembinkosi Kinana could not immediately respond to the police officer's allegations.

His response will be added once received.

Kinana, however, previously confirmed in a statement that the alleged rape occurred on Saturday after the policeman gave a 21-year-old woman a lift near Breidbach township outside Qonce (formerly King William's Town). 

A taxi had dropped the woman off along the roadside near the entrance to the township when the officer stopped and picked her up.

Kinana said after a preliminary investigation, the Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences unit arrested and detained the officer at the police head office in Zwelitsha.

He added that the case was then handed over to IPID for further investigations.

IPID spokesperson Grace Langa could not immediately be reached for comment. Her response will be added once received.

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