IPID questions delay in cop rape case

IPID spokesperson Tiyane Sambo said they want answers from the Kathlehong police station.

The South African Police Service Badge. Picture: SAPS.

JOHANNESBURG - The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) on Wednesday demanded answers on why 15 rape cases against a police constable were not brought forward sooner.

The first alleged rape was reported to the Katlehong police station on June 30, but it was only reported to the directorate on July 13.

IPID spokesperson Tiyane Sambo said they want answers from the Kathlehong police station.

"They were supposed to solve the case or notify the IPID immediately after the case was opened."

Constable Mokolo Molekoa was arrested after he was linked to several rape cases.

Molekoa was expected to appear at the Randburg Magistrate's Court for one of his cases on Wednesday, but his lawyer was not present and the case was postponed to December 14.

The police officer allegedly raped a woman in the Hammanskraal area.

Other victims were raped in Olifantsfontein, Tembisa and Randburg.