Five police officers are presently being investigated by the Independent Police Investigations Directorate (IPID) for rapes that were reported to them this year.
IPID spokesperson, Robbie Raburabu confirmed that five police officers are being accused and investigated for four rape cases which the police officers were allegedly involved in. Two of the rape cases where reported in the Western Cape, and the others from Gauteng and Northern Cape.
BuzzSouthAfrica gathered that IPID is investigating allegations of rape against a Police Sergeant aged 40 and Police constable aged 30 from Caledon SAPS Cape Town.
As related, the 19 year old victim was having a verbal exchange with her sister on the second day of this year when the parents called the nearest police to assist by removing the victim for a while as she was under the influence of alcohol and was being unruly. The two policemen as accused, “took the victim and never booked her at the police station but rather drove to the bushes where she was raped and thereafter dropped off and told to go home.”
She reported the matter to the police the next day, and the police forwarded it to IPID for further investigation. IPID stated that “the investigation has since been completed,” but that “the relevant technical reports are still awaited after which an arrest will be effected.”
IPID as well disclosed that on the same day, January 2nd, 2016, two young girls aged 13 and 15 were raped at a house in Paballelo by a Constable based at KAKAMAS police station. The investigative establishment in a media statement, said that they “arrested a Police Constable for raping two young Girls in Upington in the Northern Cape.”
Meanwhile, IOl reported that “a police officer is expected to apply for bail in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court on Friday for allegedly raping a 13-year-old girl in Camps Bay.”
IPID as an oversight body that ensures policing that is committed to promoting respect for the rule of law and human dignity, are mandated to conduct independent and impartial investigations of specified criminality committed by members of the South African and Municipal Police Service.
As such, it is calling on any person; victim, witness or representative, non-governmental and community-based organizations to lodge their complaints.
As they disclosed, a complaint can be lodged in person, by telephone, letter or e-mail to any IPID office. Albeit, the complainant must fill in a “Complaint Reporting Form” which can be obtained from any IPID office.