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sapsNews24 reports that a Cape Town police officer has been suspended and is facing disciplinary action after he was arrested and charged with raping a man suspected of shoplifting.

The Nyanga officer was arrested over the weekend following an Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) investigation. The man was allegedly raped while in a police vehicle. "Due to the seriousness of the allegations levelled against the 31-year-old police constable, an expeditious internal disciplinary process into the fitness of the member to be in the South African Police Service (SAPS) has been initiated," said SAPS spokesperson Brigadier Novela Potelwa. The victim was arrested by three police officers 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 accused police officer dropped off his colleagues and then took the detainee to a secluded area where he allegedly raped him. The victim was also allegedly assaulted during the arrest. The victim was not detained. The accused police officer is expected to appear in the Wynberg Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Nicole McCain at News24


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