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Rape charges against Caledon officers dropped due to lack of evidence

Ipid says DNA evidence could not link the men to the rape in the Overberg town in January.

Picture: SAPS

CAPE TOWN - Police watchdog, the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid), says rape charges against two Caledon police officers will be dropped due to a lack of evidence.

Ipid says preliminary investigations have cleared two senior Caledon officers of rape after DNA evidence could not link the men to the rape in the Overberg town in January.

It was alleged the policemen sexually assaulted a 19-year-old woman in a deserted veld after they were called out to a domestic violence dispute.

In another case in the Northern Cape, an officer stationed at Kakamas SAPS has been remanded in custody while he faces two counts of rape.

Meanwhile, an Oudtshoorn officer has been released on R3,000 bail. He's expected to appear in court next month on rape charges dating back to 2015.

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