A Port Elizabeth police officer has been dismissed following the Independent Police Investigative Directorate’s findings into allegations he had raped a child.
Police spokesperson Priscilla Naidu says the Kamesh police station officer is accused of raping an eight-year-old girl.
He was arrested in August last year and is currently out on R5 000 bail.
Naidu says the criminal case matter is currently before the Uitenhage Magistrate’s Court, and the trial date has not yet been set.
Naidu says the SAPS welcomes the dismissal and hopes this will send a strong message to police officers that women and children’s bodies and rights must be respected.
In October last year, 35-year-old police detective Nkululeko Shandu was granted R5 000 bail by the Umbumbulu Magistrate’s Court in KwaZulu-Natal
Shandu is accused of raping a 24-year-old woman in an office at KwaMakhutha police station in September.
Below is the video of that court appearance:
Total sexual offences recorded in South Africa in 2019/ 2020 according to SAPS:
Sexual assault 7749
Attempted sexual offences 2076
Contact sexual offences 1179