Rape victim lauded for fingering cop

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The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) has confirmed an investigation into the alleged rape of a Johannesburg woman by a North West detective constable.

Police spokesman Brigadier Thulani Ngubane said the man, 38, had not been arrested and was still at large.

“According to information, the victim who stays in Hillbrow, came to Sannieshof to attend court on Thursday where her boyfriend is in custody on charges of housebreaking,” Ngubane said.

“He took the woman to his grandmother’s place where he allegedly raped her three times during the night.”

North West Premier Thandi Modise condemned the alleged rape, calling it a “despicable and heinous act”.

“The heartless and opportunistic criminal who preys on the vulnerable and the weak should have no place within the ranks of the police service and in our society, as he has not only compromised the name of the police service, but also tainted its image within the society that looks up to police officers as protectors,” Modise said.

“It is courageous women like the victim in this case who come forward to reclaim their dignity and amplify the call for united action against the scourge of rape in our courts that should inspire others to break their silence and speak out against perpetrators,” she said.

The Western Cape and Gauteng had the highest number of rape cases involving police with 37 and 27 respectively, as the directorate is currently investigating about 168 rape cases, according to reports.

One of the cases involves a police constable from Grassy Park in the Western Cape, who was arrested for the statutory rape of a 14-year-old.

The chairman of Parliament’s portfolio committee on police, Annelize van Wyk, recently told Eyewitness News that the police management should take immediate and decisive action regarding officers accused of rape.

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