Moyahabo Mabeba
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17 Sep 2015
2:00 pm

Police officers in court for rape case bribery

Moyahabo Mabeba

Two female police officers from the Seshego Police Station in Limpopo stand accused of accepting a bribe of R1 500 each by their colleague who was facing a rape charge at the same police station.

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It is alleged the constables – who were attached to the station’s Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offenses Unit (FCS) – were investigating the rape case when they were allegedly bribed by the accused, who is also a priest. He apparently offered them money to make the docket “disappear” two years ago.

According to police watchdog, Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid), the accused raped one of his church members during a prayer session, Capricorn Review reported.

The 24-year-old victim pressed charges against the officer, Ipid spokesperson Grace Langa said.

“The officers went to the victim’s home without notifying her [and] made her to sign a withdrawal statement,” she said.

Langa added a meeting was arranged between the victim and the accused where the latter allegedly offered the victim a R50 000 bribe to drop the charges. The victim refused.

‘The directorate became aware of the matter and charged Legodi and Mokobane criminally,” said Grace Langa, national spokesperson for the IPID.

Legodi and Mokobane will appear in court on 30 September.

Warrant Officer Mothemane Malefo, spokesperson for the Seshego police, said the officers remain in service.

The suspected rapist has reportedly since resigned from the police service after being charged with rape.

He is expected to appear in court on 29 September.

– Caxton News Service