Charges of rape by police on the rise

IPID says charges of rape increased by 25 percent compared to the same six-month period last year.

FILE: There have been charges of rape against 16 on-duty police officers between April and September this year. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - There have been charges of rape against 16 on-duty police officers between April and September this year.

The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) revealed this in a report to Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Police earlier today.

IPID's Matthew Sesoko says the figure increased by 25 percent compared to the same six-month period last year.

Five of the rape cases occurred in the Western Cape.

There have also been 37 reported rape cases against off-duty police officers between April and September 2014.

The Western Cape has the highest number of rape cases against on-duty police officers followed by Gauteng.

Gauteng and the Northern Cape are the only provinces that had reports of rape by police officers while in custody.

Dr Pieter Groenewald, the Freedom Front Plus's chief spokesperson on police, says the officers shouldn't think they are above the law.

"They are abusing their power granted to them due to their positions. It is also understandable that the public has lost faith in the police and is suspicious of them."