South African policemen rape on and off duty

saps5A police constable accused of statutory rape was expected to appear in the Mitchells Plain Magistrate’s Court on Thursday, the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) said.

The constable from the Grassy Park police station, in the Western Cape, was arrested on Tuesday.

“It is alleged that the police official and the victim [14-years-old] have been having sexual intercourse between July and August 2013 at the policeman’s house, which is in the same street as the victim’s home,” Ipid spokesman Moses Dlamini said in a statement.

The girl’s friend told her mother.

Dlamini said each of the incidents had happened when he was off duty.

Meanwhile, in a separate incident, a constable based at Macassar police station was arrested after being accused of raping a 23-old woman in police cells on July 21.

She had been arrested and detained for housebreaking and theft.

“It is alleged that the victim had asked for toilet paper and it had been given by the suspect, who went back to her cell and allegedly raped the victim,” he said.

The Ipid was notified the same day after she opened a case at the police station. It started investigating but the policeman went off duty and disappeared for a while.

He was tracked down and arrested on Wednesday and was due to appear in the Somerset West Magistrate’s Court soon.

Ipid is an oversight body which investigates allegations of crime levelled against police officers. – Sapa