Upsurge in cop rapes 'unacceptable'

Annelize van Wyk says the spate of rape incidents implicating SAPS members is intolerable.

Annelize van Wyk says the spate of rape incidents implicating SAPS members is intolerable.Picture: Stock.XCHNG

CAPE TOWN - Parliament's portfolio committee on police Chairperson Annelize van Wyk at the weekend said the upsurge of South African Police Service (SAPS) members arrested on charges of rape and other sexual offences in the Western Cape is unacceptable.

Statistics from the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) showthe province has had the most police rape cases in comparison to the rest of South Africa.

At least 10 incidents were recorded over the last 12 months alone.

Van Wyk said, "We would like to condemn this on the strongest possible terms and would like to see that the SAPS management take immediate and decisive action around these officers who are accused of rape."

Another two Cape Town policemen were apprehended in separate incidents this week.

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."