Questions asked as sex attacks by policemen surge
MPs HAVEbeen shocked by the massive increase in police rapes over the past two years, from 53 cases to 66.
The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) told the portfolio committee on police yesterday that this was a 25 percent increase in rape charges against police officers.
Some took place in police cells but others took place outside.
Last year there were five cases of rape in police custody. This year that figure rose to 13.
Ipid was presenting its quarterly report to the committee in Parliament.
Chairman Francois Beukman and other members of the committee said they were shocked by the spike in rapes involving police officers.
Ipid head of investigations Mathews Sesoko told MPs they were conducting serious inves- tigations on police criminality.
Rape incidents fluctuated between the provinces.
Sesoko said that in North West, for instance, no rape case was reported last year, but this year there were 11.
Beukman said this was unacceptable and had to be addressed. “Some of the statistics are shocking. In 20 years of democracy to have 66 rape cases against police, those people don’t belong in the SAPS.”
Pieter Groenewald of the Freedom Front Plus agreed with Beukman that the spike in police rape cases was shocking.
ANC MP Phindile Mmola also condemned the increase in rape incidents.
“It becomes disturbing when police officers rape people in police custody. Where is the people’s safety? What are you doing to the police officers responsible for these crimes?” asked Mmola.