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Cape Town - A Kraaifontein policeman will appear at the Blue Downs Magistrate’s Court on Friday for the multiple rape of two young boys.
The 40-year-old policeman, who holds the rank of warrant officer, was arrested by the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) on Wednesday.
He is alleged to have raped the boys, both aged 14, at his house as well as at the Bellville South Police Station where he was based.
It is alleged that the officer had been sexually assaulting one of the boys since 2010, when the child was just 10.
“Ipid became aware of the matter on June 20,” Ipid acting spokeswoman Grace Langa said.
“Allegations came to light during the investigation that the suspect had on many occasions raped the victims and made them perform oral sex on him.
“It is alleged that some of these incidents occurred in the toilets of the police station where the suspect was based.
“There are also allegations that the suspect made the two minors watch pornographic videos at his house.
“He apparently gave the victims between R50 and R200 afterwards.”
Langa said Ipid had moved to arrest the policeman after allegations that he had made death threats against colleagues.
“The suspect was detained at Kraaifontein Police Station. While in the police holding cells the suspect attempted to commit suicide by cutting his wrists. He was rushed to a local clinic for treatment after which he was transferred back.”
The latest Ipid annual report said there were 37 rape complaints against police officers in the Western Cape between 2012 and 2013.
Thirty of these cases involved off-duty officers, while seven involved officers on duty.