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Khayelitsha cop facing disciplinary hearing for turning away rape victim

Western Cape Police Commissioner Yolisa Matakata said that not only was it embarrassing to know that a victim of a crime left a police station without being assisted and that the claims of what happened smacked of dereliction of duty on the part of the police.

Picture: Twitter/@SAPoliceService.

CAPE TOWN - A Khayelitsha police officer who turned away a rape a victim at a SAPS station will face disciplinary action.

Provincial Police Commissioner Yolisa Matakata is horrified that a woman was turned away at a police station in Khayelitsha.

The officer apparently advised the woman to return a day later.

The commissioner has called for a disciplinary investigation against the implicated police employee.

She said that not only was it embarrassing to know that a victim of a crime left a police station without being assisted and that the claims of what happened smacked of dereliction of duty on the part of the police.

The police's Novela Potelwa: "The stance of the South African Police Service in dealing with rape cases, sexual violations and other forms of violence is quite explicit. No one who wishes to open a case should be turned away."

The suspect is yet to be arrested as detectives are following several leads.

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