As alleged, a civilian doctor sexually assaulted two new female soldiers at the SA Army Infantry School in Oudtshoorn.
Confirming this, the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) disclosed that the civilian doctor has been arrested on charges of alleged sexual assault.
Speaking for SANDF, Brigadier General Xolani Mabanga stated: “The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) confirms that a civilian doctor was arrested by the Oudtshoorn South African Police Service (SAPS)… and charged for alleged acts of sexual assault committed over period 18 to 21 April 2016, at the SA Army Infantry School in Oudtshoorn.”
Mabanga further related that “the civilian doctor (was) conducting his community service at the Unit’s sickbay…He appeared in court in Oudtshoorn on Thursday, 28 April 2016 and was granted bail.
He faces alleged charges of sexual assault, including rape, allegedly committed whilst he was conducting medical examinations on two new female recruits under the Military Skills Development System (MSDS) at the SA Army Infantry School,” Mabanga related.
He was nevertheless, not willing to supply further details as the alleged crimes are still being investigated by the police.
“The Department of Defence (DOD) will, concurrent to the SAPS investigation, invoke its internal processes to address the matter,” Mabanga added. As he stressed that “any legally-proven act of ill-discipline is not and will not be tolerated from any member in the employment of the SANDF, regardless of their social standing and or appointment within the organisation.”
Rape is undoubtedly one of the most terrible crimes in South Africa and it happens almost every few minutes. To deal with rape, South Africa often educate women about how to defend themselves. Useful as that may be, more needs to be done. South Africans, especially males have to be taught not to rape.
Not only the vulnerable and weak are being raped. Those the rapist ought to be scared of, like the female soldiers in this case are equally being raped.