Tebogo Msimanga |
The Molopo Magistrates’ Court in North West postponed the case against two police officers, Otshepeng Nkate (26) and Lebogang Tladi (36). The duo are charged with raping a 20-year-old woman. The two were granted R3000 bail each, and their bail conditions are that they should not interfere with the state witnesses. They are prohibited from making any direct or indirect contact with the victim.
North West National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesperson Henry Mamothame said preliminary investigations by the Independent Police Investigative Directorate(IPID), reveal that a 20-year-old complainant, alleges she was at her boyfriend’s place at Lorwaneng Village on 30 March 2022, when an argument ensued between them, and the police were called in.
After police interviewed them, she was detained for malicious property damage, as she had broken the windows at her partner’s place. She was allegedly handcuffed and on their way to the police station, police took a detour and told her that they were taking her home.
“The report further reveals that the victim indicated they stopped near the Maseru entertainment place in Mahikeng, and the officer who was on the passenger side came to her, pushed her back and forcefully opened her mouth and made her swallow some sweet drink, which made her dizzy. She alleges that the very officer undressed and raped her.”
After this, the driver also came and raped her and all this happened while she was handcuffed. They allegedly took her home after the ordeal, and she was subsequently taken to the hospital for medical attention by her family.
The matter is postponed to 13 May 2022.