Cop 'repeatedly raped teen'

A 41-year-old warrant officer from Mbekweni allegedly raped the teen on several occasions.

A police officer will appear at the Paarl Magistrates Court in connection with rape. Picture: Stock.XCHNG

CAPE TOWN - A 14-year-old Paarl girl allegedly raped by a police officer is in a state of shock, her family said on Thursday.

A 41-year-old warrant officer from Mbekweni allegedly raped her on several occasions.

The policeman, who is believed to be a family friend, is being held at a local police station and will appear in the Paarl Magistrate's Court on Friday.

It is believed the latest incident happened in April.

The girl's parents refused to comment on the matter.

Community members say they always read about women and children being victims of sexual assault, but they never thought it would happen so close to home.

They promised to support the family during the ordeal.

Meanwhile, a 13-year-old girl was raped by a police officer in Johannesburg last week.

The constable was arrested after he was caught red-handed by patrolling officers.

According to statistics, a person is raped every four minutes in South Africa.