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sapsThe Sunday Independent reports that police top brass have asked Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane and the Office of the Inspector General of Intelligence (OIGI) to investigate the possible cover-up of a rape case involving a senior police official.  

A police administrative clerk opened a charge of rape against the top cop in 2010 after he allegedly forced himself on her in Kuils River, outside Cape Town.  Police sources and the female victim confirmed last week that nothing had come out of the case nine years after the woman, who was 23 at the time and directly reported to the official at the SAPS provincial office, was violated.  In one of the official complaints, a police brigadier suggested the official was never prosecuted because of “allegations of interference at the Ipid (Independent Police Investigative Directorate) and some rogue elements from NPA (National Prosecuting Authority).”  The officer may not be identified until he appears in court and is asked to plead.  NPA head of communications Bulelwa Makeke on Saturday confirmed that the man was a suspect in a rape case.  Mkhwebane’s spokesperson and a spokesperson for the Inspector General of Intelligence also confirmed they had received complaints against the man.  He is a former Robben Island political prisoner and allegedly shared a cell on the island with “very influential people”.  The alleged rape victim has accused the police of conducting a botched investigation from the onset.  The woman confirmed that she was an administrative clerk at the SAPS provincial office in Cape Town and reported to the official when the alleged incident took place.  She said the last time she heard from the investigating officer was in 2011.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Mzilikazi wa Afrika and Karabo Ngoepe at The Sunday Independent

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