Cop rape case postponed

The warrant officer will spend the weekend behind bars while the state continues with investigations.

The warrant officer will spend the weekend behind bars while the state investigates the alleged rape. Picture: Stock.XCHNG

CAPE TOWN - A warrant officer accused of raping a 14-year-old girl on Friday appeared in the Paarl Magistrate's Court.

The matter was postponed for four days in order for officials to conduct further investigations.

The Mbekweni officer faces five counts of rape.

Courtroom D was packed to capacity with family members.

The officer is accused of sexually assaulting the teenager on several occasions, with the latest incident taking place at the girl's home in April.

It is believed the policeman is a family friend.

Prosecutors asked the court for the postponement in order to consult with the alleged victim.

When the officer returns to court on Tuesday, he will formally apply for bail.

In the meantime, the policeman will remain in custody at the Paarl East police station.

Several residents vowed to support the victim's family through this difficult time.

The girl's parents on Thursday told Eyewitness News they were still in shock.

In a separate incident, 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 his colleagues.