BuzzSouthAfrica has been informed that a Nigerian national will be dragged to the Rustenburg Magistrates’ Court today for masterminding the gang-rape of a 21-year-old woman.
The Nigerian national was nabbed at a house in Rustenburg East following an extensive search after the gang-rape incident was reported to the police.
SAPS related that it was the rapid response by police in Rustenburg that led to the arrest of the suspect in the early hours of Sunday, 01 January 2017.
From our gatherings, the Nigerian national and the woman met and exchanged numbers at Rustenburg Central Business District (CBD) on Saturday, 31 December 2016 .
They later met in the evening for drinks. The woman reportedly requested to be taken home, the suspect refused but took the woman to his place where he and his friend repeatedly raped her.
“The woman’s friend who was continually communicating with her (the victim) contacted the police and a manhunt was launched. Upon arrival of the police at the suspect’s place, he ran away, but was arrested after an extensive search in the area,” SAPS narrated.
While he’s expected to appear before the Rustenburg Magistrates’ Court today, the police have launched a search for the other suspect.
Meanwhile, SAPS disclosed that it’s appealing the judgement and order by the Durban High Court over the suspension of Lieutenant General BM Ngobeni of KwaZulu-Natal.
Following Ngobeni’s suspension after allegations of gross misconduct were made against her, she filed an execution application to return to work.
Although her application was successful, SAPS maintained that Lieutenant General Ngobeni’s suspension will continue pending the finalization of the appeal process.
The dispute started after Lieutenant General Phahlane was appointed the Acting National Commissioner.
He decided to suspend Lieutenant General Ngobeni and to convene a misconduct board of inquiry in relation to allegations of gross misconduct dating back to 2010.
In response, Lieutenant General Ngobeni challenged Lieutenant General Phahlane’s authority to convene the board of inquiry.
“The on-going legal dispute between the parties is based on points of law and the interpretation of certain Sections of the South African Police Service Act and should not be construed as a personal or malicious vendetta against an individual.
The management of the South African Police Service is of the opinion that allegations made should be fully investigated in a transparent and accountable manner in order for justice to be served and be seen to be served.
In the meantime, Major General PB Langa will continue to perform duties as the Acting Provincial Commissioner in KwaZulu-Natal. He is to be commended on his firm leadership in the province which has yielded outstanding successes in the fight against crime over the festive season.”
SAPS added that Lieutenant General Ngobeni’s attorney will be requested to inform his client not to return to work.