'Cop rapes must be dealt with'
MEC Dan Plato has called on top brass to intervene in a series of rape incidents involving police.
CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Community Safety MEC Dan Plato said on Monday he believes provincial police top brass should urgently intervene following a series of rape incidents allegedly involving South African Police Service (Saps) members.
There have been two separate incidents reported in the Worcester area over the space of just a few days.
Two officers accused of sexually assaulting women appeared separately in the Worcester Magistrate's court on Monday.
The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) said at least nine rape matters where police have been accused have been reported in the Western Cape over the past year.
Plato said this is of great concern.
"We cannot tolerate a thing like that to happen. I am calling on General Arno Lamoer to take the necessary steps by sending a clear message to his male colleagues that need to show the necessary respect to women out there."
The IPID's Moses Dlamini said a thorough investigation into both cases is currently underway.
"It is a concern. Our role is to investigate each matter in terms of the IPID Act, which came into force on 1 April 2012."
Earlier this month a Paarl policeman was arrested for allegedly raping a 14-year-old teenage girl.
He was later released from police custody on R1,500 bail.
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