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'Rape by police disturbing'

Dan Plato has expressed his concern about the rise in rape incidents involving police officers.

Western Cape Community Safety MEC Dan Plato. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Community Safety MEC Dan Plato at the weekend said he is gravely concerned by the recent spate of rape incidents involving police officers in the province.

The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) on Sunday told Eyewitness News at least nine rape cases involving provincial South African Police Service (Saps) members have been reported over the last year, most of which have occurred in the Boland region.

Plato said such incidents are shameful and worrying.

"I don't know what went wrong in their minds for doing such horrible acts. At the end of the day that is an issue the police leadership will have to look into. It seems we need to speak very harshly to the officers in general as well."

Plato believes it's intolerable that those who are meant to uphold the law are breaking it.

"Even one rape case is one too many. I am very glad that the IPID is involved to investigate but also that the Saps is doing their own investigation into the cases."

In the latest incident, a Worcester police captain was arrested for allegedly raping a woman in his police van.

It's understood the 46-year-old police officer threatened to shoot the woman and her son if she reported what happened.

The IPID's Moses Dlamini said, "We were immediately notified and started an investigation. We decided to arrest the suspect based on the evidence. The suspect is currently in custody and will appear in the Worcester Magistrate's Court on a count of rape on 22 July".

PAARL RAPE-ACCUSED GRANTED BAIL

A Paarl court on Friday heard the policeman charged with raping a 14-year-old girl admitted to having sexual encounters with the minor.

The revelations were allegedly made during a confrontation with the teen's parents.

Warrant officer Anthony Gouws pleaded not guilty to all charges in the Paarl Magistrate's Court.

He has been released on bail of R1,500.