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Cop accused of child rape abandons bail

The Mamelodi officer also has two similar cases pending against him involving girls aged 8 & 12.

The warrant officer also has two similar cases pending against him.

JOHANNESBURG - A policeman from Mamelodi in Pretoria accused of raping a 13-year-old girl on Wednesday abandoned his bail application.

The warrant officer who also has two similar cases pending against him was due to appear in the Mamelodi West Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

The 48-year-old man allegedly raped the girl at his house last month.

It is understood he had been out on bail for the same offence involving two other girls aged eight and 12.

Police watchdog Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID's) Moses Dlamini said, "The case has been transferred to the Pretoria Regional Court where he will appear again on 28 May. He is still in custody."

Meanwhile, a police constable appeared in the Mossel Bay Magistrate Court earlier this year for the alleged rape of a woman who was trying to report a domestic violence case.

This was the fifth such incident in the Western Cape since November last year.

The police constable in Herbertsdale was arrested after IPID members visited the victim.

She claimed the officer raped her at a satellite police station when she went to report an incident.

It was the latest in a string of similar rapes allegedly carried out by police officers.

In November, a 48-year-old warrant officer based in Worcester was arrested for raping a 14-year-old boy.

In the same month a warrant officer in Langebaan was arrested for raping a 23-year-old victim who had been taken into custody.

The following month, a 37-year-old police sergeant was arrested for raping a 65-year-old woman in Robertson.