Police officer to spend weekend in jail for raping fraud suspect

A 35-year-old police constable attached to the detective branch at Bizana police station in Eastern Cape is due in court next week to apply for bail.

The constable, who is detained in the Qhasa police cells, is expected to appear before the Bizana magistrate court on Monday for rape.

This after members of the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) in Eastern Cape apprehended him in August for allegedly raping a 21-year-old woman.

According to the Ipid, the victim is an alleged suspect of a fraud case that the police officer was investigating.

Ipid spokesperson Robbie Raburabu said the victim was allegedly summoned by the officer to the police station regarding her fraud case.

“On arrival at the police station, she was left there for some time before being fetched by the suspect, driven to a place where it seemed like his parental home,” said Raburabu.

“He locked her there alone while he was said to have gone to the gym.

“Upon his return, he allegedly raped her twice before dropping her off at her rented place in the Bizana area.”

The victim opened a case of rape against the cop and after an investigation and consultation with prosecutors, the suspect was arrested.

Meanwhile, a 35-year-old police constable, Bongumusa Nxumalo, attached to the Heidelberg police station in Gauteng, was arrested by Ipid investigators for allegedly raping a 31-year-old woman.

Raburabu said the rape is alleged to have happened during women’s month at the victim’s place in Ratanda Extension 23 in Heidelberg.

The police said they expect the Ipid to conduct its work without fear or favour, and if members are found guilty, they should face the full might of the law.

“The ministry [of police] is aware of the shocking incident and is on record that the SAPS [SA Police Service] has zero-tolerance for gender-based violence, let alone this crime perpetrated by members of the service,” said the police.


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