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Paulshof cops cry foul

Two Sandton police officers accused of raping a Paulshof woman said they were only charged because of...

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Two Sandton police officers accused of raping a Paulshof woman said they were only charged because of pressure from their seniors and the public.

The cops allegedly raped a woman after she was pulled over on Friday evening. In a separate incident, the victim’s sister was also raped just a few hundred metres away.

On Tuesday, investigating officer Maureen Mkhize told the Alexandra Magistrate’s Court that there was no evidence linking the men to the crime.

She admitted that the policemen were arrested on the instruction of a General Machabi.

Lawyer Kamesh Maharajh said his client was wrongfully accused.

“There has been a lot of pressure from superior officers at the police. I believe that the complainants have hired an attorney named Ian Levitt, who has put a lot of pressure on the police and the state prosecutors,” he said.

But Levitt said he was disappointed.

“I certainly do not think that my clients are fabricating the story at all. I think it is a matter of the prosecutor and the investigating officer being very junior,” he added.

(Edited by Zethu Zulu)
 
 

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