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ekurhuleni thumb medium85 107City Press reports that two criminal cases, one of assault on a pregnant woman and the other of drunk driving, against Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Police Department boss Isaac Mapiyeye have been referred to the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) for further investigation.

The cases were initially being investigated by the Office of the Public Protector, Kholeka Gcaleka, following a complaint by private investigator Calvin Rafadi in December after the police allegedly failed to probe charges against the senior traffic officer properly. In a letter dated 9 April, acting Gauteng head in the Public Protector’s office Xolani Dlamini wrote to Ipid head Jennifer Ntlatseng informing her that her office was better suited to investigate the allegations. He stated that the matter related to allegations of abuse of authority by Mapiyeye, which included assault charges against him at the Kwa-Thema police station. These charges emanated from an incident which involved Mapiyeye abusing Sarah Nhlapho, an employee of a security company that is contracted with the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality to conduct operations at the Kwa-Thema Metro Academy. Dlamini wrote that another matter related to a motor accident in which Mapiyeye had allegedly been involved on 25 May 2019. The metro police officer was allegedly instructed not to breathalyse Mapiyeye and to record his alcohol reading as zero. In his letter to the Ipid head, Dlamini also asked the directorate to investigate allegations that Mapiyeye was a director of three companies, but had failed to declare that to his employer. Mapiyeye welcomed the probe by Ipid, but declined to comment on the allegations made against him.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Abram Mashego at City Press (subscriber access only)

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