Statements on police criminality from the IPID website

WARRANT OFFICER TO APPEAR IN COURT FOR RAPING A 13 YEAR OLD GIRL IN MAMELODI EAST, PRETORIA

Media Statement
14 May 2013
A 48 year old Warrant Officer, stationed at Mamelodi East SAPS will appear at the Mamelodi West Magistrate’s Court on 14 May 2013 following his arrest for raping a 13 year old minor.
It is alleged by the complainant (13 year old girl) that on 28 April 2013 at about 17:00 she was at her place of residence when the suspect, who is a sector manager at SAPS Mamelodi East, arrived at her place to collect her. Earlier that day the victim’s guardian had called the CPF members to talk to the complainant for refusing to do any chores in the house. The girl did not respond positively to the CPF members, so they called the sector manager for assistance. The sector manager (suspect) arrived at 17:00 and took the girl in a police vehicle – he gave the victim’s family the impression that the victim was going to be handed over to a female officer. He took her to a KFC and bought her a meal and then he took her to his house where he kept her for the night and raped her. He dropped the victim off at home the next morning.
The victim did not tell anyone due to having been threatened by the suspect. The next evening after 17:00 the suspect again took the girl to his house. As he was preparing to rape the girl, she managed to escape after asking to go to the toilet. The victim reported a case of rape with the assistance of other police officials who had picked her up on the road. The case was reported to the IPID which took over the investigation.
After absconding for about a week, the suspect handed himself in at Brooklyn SAPS. He appeared in court on 07 May 2013 facing a charge of rape and was remanded to 14 May 2013 at Mamelodi Court B at 12:00 for a formal bail application. The IPID will oppose bail.
Upon conducting further investigations it was established that this suspect has two child rape cases pending at Kwamhlanga and Mamelodi East. The victims in the two pending were also minors aged 12 and 8 respectively and he was given bail on both matters.
Issued by the Independent Police Investigative Directorate
For enquiries:
IPID National Spokesman
Moses Dlamini
082 809 1927

WARRANT OFFICER MARATSHANE TO BE PROSECUTED FOR ASSAULTING A FEMALE AT A FILLING STATION IN SMITHFIELD, FREE STATE

Media Statement
PRETORIA – 13 June 2013
The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) in the Free State has agreed with the recommendations of the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) that Warrant Officer Ernest Maratshane should be prosecuted for assault. The DPP has decided that the suspect be prosecuted for two (2) counts of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm (GBH).
Video footage of the assault emerged early in April 2013 from the media. The IPID conducted an investigation and recommended that the suspect be charged for the offences which took place at the filling station and at the police station.
Since the victim refused to co-operate with the investigation, the DPP has decided that she is a compellable witness.
Warrant Officer Maratshane will be summoned to appear at the Smithfield Magistrate’s Court on 04 July 2013 to answer to the aforesaid charges.
Issued by the Independent Police Investigative Directorate

IPID ARREST MAITLAND FLYING SQUAD CONSTABLE FOR MURDER, WESTERN CAPE – MFULENI CAS 298/06/2013

Media Statement
PRETORIA – 10 June 2013
The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) has arrested a 30 year old male constable for the murder of a 26 year old Zimbabwean national. The suspect constable who is attached to the Maitland Flying Squad Unit is alleged to have shot and killed the deceased with his official firearm in the early hours of Sunday, 09 June 2013.
It is alleged that at about 02h00 on 09 June 2013, the suspect constable was outside Zizi’s Tavern in Mfuleni Extention 6, where he wanted to buy alcohol, but was told that the tavern had already closed. An argument between him and the deceased, who was working as a security officer (guard) at the tavern ensued. The policeman alleges that the deceased pulled a knife and threatened to stab the policeman who then fired shots with his official firearm hitting the security guard on the shoulder. The security guard died on the scene.
Upon being notified of the incident, the IPID attended the scene and started with the investigation. Preliminary investigation and witnesses statements obtained by the IPID does not corroborate with the version of the policeman, hence the arrest of the suspect constable for murder on 09 June 2013. He will appear in the Bluedowns Magistrate Court on Tuesday, 11 June 2013. The Post Mortem is scheduled for today, 10 June 2013 at Tygerberg Forensic Pathology Services.
The investigation continues.
Issued by the Independent Police Investigative Directorate
For enquiries:
IPID National Spokesman
Moses Dlamini
082 809 1927

CONSTABLE ARRESTED FOR MURDER IN RANDFONTEIN, GAUTENG

Media Statement
PRETORIA – 27 May 2013
A 30 year old Constable has been arrested by the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) for shooting and killing a 22 year old Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) student, Gopolang Ngobeni. The shooting occurred at a Caltex Garage on Randfontein Road in Randfontein.
It is alleged that on 25 May 2013 five students from TUT were on their way to the funeral of the father of their friend in Mohlakeng in the West Rand. The students had travelled from the TUT Soshanguve Campus. Apparently the students did not know the direction and they got lost. They then followed a security vehicle which had come in front of them. After the security vehicle made a U-turn at a cul-de-sac, the students also made a U-turn. While driving towards a Caltex Garage with the intention of asking for directions, another security vehicle from the same company cut in front of them. Both security vehicles stopped next to a marked SAPS vehicle. The students drove on to the filling station. It is alleged that within a short space of time, the police vehicle (with its blue light on), as well as the security vehicles, followed the students to the filling station, which is near where they were.
The students were ordered to get out of their vehicle by the police. While trying to get out of the vehicle, Gopolang Ngobeni was shot by a policeman with an R5 rifle. The victim was declared dead at the scene. The vehicle in which the students were travelling was searched and nothing illegal was found.
The suspect was arrested by the IPID. He appeared on 27 May 2013 at the Randfontein Magistrate’s Court on a charge of murder. The case has been postponed to 3 June 2013 for a formal bail application.
The investigation continues.
Issued by the Independent Police Investigative Directorate.
For enquiries:
IPID National Spokesman
Moses Dlamini
082 809 1927

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