IPID probes five Centurion cops for alleged rape of domestic violence victim

By Patricia Mokgohlwa MPL DA Gauteng Spokesperson on Women Five police officers are facing a criminal case and are currently being investigated by the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) for the alleged rape of a woman wishing to report domestic violence the Wierdabrug police station. In response to my question (available here) Gauteng Police Commissioner Mzwandile Petros also confirms that the departmental cases have also been instituted against all members who were on duty the night of the incident. The DA welcomes the investigation but is disappointed that none of the police officers being investigated have been suspended pending the outcome of the investigation because “no specific suspect has been identified”. The DA believes they are not fit to work with members of the public, and women in particular, until the cloud over their head is cleared. This is not enough. The allegations of rape are incredibly serious, not only because the perpetrators are those we are supposed to entrust with our safety, but also because the woman, in a desperate attempt to seek refuge from domestic violence, was further violated by police officials. The DA hopes that the investigation will be completed speedily and thoroughly, and that the perpetrators are brought to book. The DA also hopes that the provincial police commissioner will dismiss, arrest and prosecute any member found to be linked to the criminal case as indicated in his response.

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