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Kliptown constable behind bars for rape, bribery

IPID says the Kliptown constable solicited a R 1500 bribe from his 24-year-old victim and raped her on Monday.

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The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) has nabbed a 49-year old Kliptown constable for rape and corruption.

IPID acting spokesperson, Sontaga Seisa, says the Kliptown police station constable not only solicited a R 1500 bribe from his 24-year old victim, but went on to rape her in his office on Monday evening, 30 November 2020.

The alleged perpetrator was effecting an arrest at the time of the harrowing ordeal. Seisa says Ipid’s investigation into the matter led to an arrest on Wednesday, 2 December 2020. The suspect will make an appearance before the Protea Magistrate’s Court in Soweto on Friday 4 December. The incident comes at the tail-end of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence.

“The Executive Director of IPID Ms Dikeledi Ntlatseng stated that there is supposed to be no room for Corruption and Gender-Based Violence and Femicide in our society let alone within the law enforcement agencies”

Acting IPID Spokesperson, Sontaga Seisa


IPID will be opposing bail for both the corruption and rape charges.

In recent weeks, the government has been facing increasing pressure from the public calling for the urgent adoption and implementation of the three key bills to fight the scourge of gender-based violence in the country.

READ: GBV bills, to address criminal justice system issues, passed to Parliament

The Domestic Violence, Sexual offences and Related Matters Amendment Bills were presented to parliament in September, and after receiving the greenlight, the public was given the opportunity to comment on the proposed amended bills.

The National Shelter Movement of South Africa (NSMSA) is but one of the groups that have pointed out the bills are intended to limit the loopholes that existed in the same legislature previously that enabled perpetrators to avoid prosecution and imprisonment for such offences.

The Criminal and Related Matters Amendment will make it harder for perpetrators of GBV and femicide to be granted bail. Prosecutors will under the amended bill, be forced to state reasons as to why they are not opposing bail. The bills will create a new offence for sexual intimidation, furthermore widening the scope of what constitutes incest.

READ: Ramaphosa elaborates on three new bills set to combat GBV

This doesn’t mean the bills have not been subjected to some criticism. The NSMSA has for one pointed out that the mandatory reporting of domestic violence to police by a helping professional like a social worker takes away a victim’s agency.