More cops arrested on rape charges

Two more cops have been arrested in the WC on charges of rape.

A Grassy Park constable has been arrested for the statutory rape of a teenage girl. Picture: sxc.hu.

CAPE TOWN - Two more policemen have been arrested in the province on charges of rape.

In the first incident, a Grassy Park constable was apprehended for the statutory rape of a 14-year-old girl.

The two are believed to have been in a relationship between July and August this year.

The teenager's mother reported the incident to authorities.

The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID)'s Moses Dlamini said, "They live in the same street. The mother was informed by the victim's friend. The IPID was notified on 26 August, conducted an investigation and decided to make an arrest based on the evidence."

In the second incident, a constable was arrested for allegedly raping a suspect who had been detained in a holding cell in Macassar.

Dlamini said the woman was raped in July.

"The suspect then disappeared. He absconded from his home and couldn't be found. He was later traced and arrested."

JUSTICE MINISTER TAKES ACTION

Last month, Justice Minister Jeff Radebe announced that sexual offences courts will be reintroduced.

The minister said he expects 57 fully equipped and staffed sexual offences courts to be operational within the next three years.

Last year, Radebe commissioned a task team to look into the feasibility of reintroducing these courts.

A pilot project saw several such courts being set up again in some parts of the country.

The courts were shut down between 2007 and 2008 due to a lack of funding.

However, the Justice Ministry has repeatedly called for these courts to be re-instituted to deal with South Africa's rape crisis.