Insufficient evidence in alleged cop rape case

IPID says it probed the alleged cop rape, but the Director of Public Prosecutions found insufficient evidence.

Salome Mabena told EWN how she was allegedly raped by a policeman. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) says it did investigate a case where a woman was raped, allegedly by a police officer in Bronkhorstspruit, but the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) found there was not enough evidence.

This week Eyewitness News revealed that Salome Mabena had opened a case of abuse against her husband.

Months later, the investigating officer went to her house and told her they needed to clarify a few things about her case at the Ekangala police station.

She claims he then took her to a dump site, threatened her with a gun, and then raped her.

The IPID's Moses Dlamini says officials investigated Mabena's case, but were told by the DPP that there was not enough evidence to take it to court.

"IPID investigated this matter and we obtained all the statements. The decision by the DDP was that they would not be prosecuted, due to insufficient evidence."

Dlamini says when Mabena went to see her doctor five days after the alleged incident, there was no evidence that she had been raped.

"The doctor could not fine medical evidence of rape."

Meanwhile, police say the officer from the Ekangala police station was suspended until an internal investigation found he was not guilty.