A Western Cape police officer has been arrested by the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) for allegedly raping a male suspect in a police vehicle on Thursday.
The 29-year-old constable, who is based at Nyanga police station, will appear in the Wynberg Magistrate’s Court for rape on Tuesday.
The victim was arrested by the constable and two colleagues for attempted shoplifting at a Junction Mall Jet clothing store in Nyanga on Thursday at around 16:00.
Instead of taking him to the Nyanga police station, the constable, who was driving the police van, dropped off his colleagues at Browns Farm satellite police station, picked up and dropped off another colleague, before driving with the victim to a secluded area where he allegedly rap_ed him.
According to the IPID, upon their arrival at Jet Store, the officers handcuffed and allegedly assaulted the 31-year-old victim before putting him at the back of a police van.
The IPID said at the Browns Farm satellite station, the constable’s colleagues got off and left him with the suspect.
The constable drove with the victim to Nyanga police station where he picked up a female officer and dropped her off in Crossroads, it added.
IPID spokesperson Grace Langa said the constable then drove with the victim to a gravel road in the bushes near Cape Town International Airport where the alleged rap_e took place.
“He stopped and opened the door, told the victim to kneel while he was still in the police vehicle handcuffed from the back.
“He put a gun against the victim’s stomach and pulled down the victim’s pants and started playing with his pen_is while playing a porn video from the phone telling him to watch.”
Langa added the constable then turned the victim around and penetrated him.
“When he was done, he drove with him to his [constable] address [home] in Khayelitsha where he removed his police uniform and later took the victim home to Gugulethu.
“The victim contacted his cousin who is a police officer and requested him to come to his house and told him what had happened.”
She said the victim was not detained.