Tebogo Msimanga |
Office of the North West police confirmed on Tuesday that an officer was dismissed during a Departmental Trial in terms of the SAPS Discipline Regulations.
It is alleged that he impregnated an inmate who was awaiting a murder trial. The woman has since been sentenced to 30 years behind bars for murder.
Colonel Adéle Myburgh of North West police said the incident allegedly took place at the Stilfontein police station’s holding cells in October 2020. “The woman had been brought in from the Rooigrond Correctional Centre to the Stilfontein holding cells, ahead of her court appearance. In March 2021 she discovered that she was pregnant and correctional services reported the incident to SAPS.”
Myburg added that no criminal case had been lodged against the officer. The Provincial Commissioner of North West, Lieutenant General Sello Kwena, said unethical behaviour, leading to the disrepute of the South African Police Service, will not be tolerated.