KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Social Development MEC, Nonhlanhla Khoza, has expressed shock and disgust at allegations that a police officer raped a woman at the KwaHlabisa Police Station premises.
The traumatised woman appealed for help through a community radio station in Nongoma on Tuesday, 29 March.
It is alleged that a woman had an argument with her boyfriend who forced her to leave the house. Reportedly, the woman approached the police to plead with them to rescue her.
A police vehicle was dispatched to fetch her the next day. Unfortunately, while she was in the police station, it is alleged that one police officer who was on duty started harassing her, demanding sex.
He allegedly stopped when he saw a fellow police officer approaching them. When he went back into the vehicle, the officer left in the Community Service Centre forced the woman to sleep with him.
It is alleged that the officers threatened to shoot the victim with a service pistol should she scream or report the rape case. On Tuesday, 29 March, the victim made an appeal for help through Nongoma Community Radio Station as she was severely traumatised.
The victim, whose identity is being protected, said she had been assaulted by the police officer.
It has not yet been established as to exactly when the incident took place.
Khoza said she was shocked with disbelief that an officer of the law could have the audacity to rape a gender-based violence victim and threaten to kill her if she tried to report the case.
“It is very disappointing that the people who are mandated by law to protect the victim ended up inflicting more pain on her. Such officers are an embarrassment to our society and must be treated as criminals that they are.
“Our team of social workers is going to help the victim to open a case and we will see to it that the matter is thoroughly investigated by the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID), but in the meantime, police management should take action against the accused officers,” she said.
MEC Khoza said she wanted to see the KZN police management institute an internal disciplinary process against the officer in question.
According to the victim, she tried to seek help at Umtubatuba Police Station with regards to the case, but was told that the matter would be reported to KwaHlabisa Police Station management.