WC police rape stats highest in SA

New statistics show the WC has the highest number of rape cases involving police.

Statistics show the Western Cape has the highest number of sexual assault cases involving police. Picture: sxc.hu.

CAPE TOWN - The South African Police Union (Sapu) said on Thursday the high number of officers arrested for sexually related offences in the Western Cape is alarming.

Statistics from the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) show the province has the highest number of rape cases in which police officers are accused of the offence.

Two more South African Police Service (SAPS) members were arrested for rape this week.

A Grassy Park constable was apprehended for the statutory rape of a 14-year-old girl and a constable was arrested for allegedly raping a suspect who had been detained in a holding cell in Macassar.

Sapu believes the spate of police rapes has tarnished the image of the SAPS.

At least 12 police officers in the province have been arrested on charges of rape in the last year.

Sapu's Joseph Manuel said, "We know there are great deal of people who have negative views of the police and these allegations are, in no way, assisting us."

Statistics from the IPID website reveals a further 12 incidents were recorded in the other eight provinces over the same period.