2 cops fired over alleged rape
Two Kempton Park policemen were fired on Friday after an internal disciplinary inquiry found them guilty of allegation of rape, corruption and defeating the ends of justice, Gauteng police said.A criminal case against the warrant-officer and constable was with the Independent Complaints Directorate for further action, said Lieutenant-Colonel Eugene Opperman.He said the two had 10 days in which to appeal the disciplinary finding.One of the men was accused of raping a woman after her husband committed a traffic violation on October 25, said Opperman.While a policeman locked the woman's husband in the back of a police van and took him to the Kempton Park police station, the other drove the couple's car to the police station with the woman inside.The man was taken out of the van about 30 minutes after arriving at the police station. It was then that his wife alleged that she had been raped by the policeman who drove her there.Opperman said the police immediately opened a criminal case and initiated the internal disciplinary investigation.The inquiry found the warrant-officer guilty on a charge of defeating the ends of justice, and the constable guilty of rape and corruption charges. "Sanction was handed down on Friday afternoon during which both men were summarily fired from the South African Police Service (SAPS)," said Opperman.The presiding officer had reminded the policemen that, under the police code of conduct, they were expected to show integrity,honesty and professionalism, but they had "clearly have broken that code".Opperman said this sanction would send a clear message to other police officials who might have similar ideas or who thought they could break the law or even conduct themselves in a way unbecoming a professional police official. "No mercy will be shown to those who transgress the law or SAPS code of conduct," Opperman said.
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