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Durban - A Durban police officer has been arrested for allegedly raping his 16-year-old daughter and sexually assaulting her younger sister.
Hours after his arrest, a student constable was arrested for an unrelated alleged rape involving a 17-year-old girl.
The teenage daughters - the other is 15 years old - reported the matter to police on Saturday. They have been sent to a place of safety.
The accused’s nine-year-old daughter, who was not sexually assaulted, has also been removed from their KwaMashu home.
The warrant officer handed himself to police on Monday. He appeared in the Ntuzuma Magistrate’s Court briefly on Tuesday.
The matter was adjourned to October 23 for a bail hearing.
KZN Department of Social Development spokeswoman Ncumisa Fandesi said the 16-year-old girl had told police that her father had been raping her since last year.
Her sister alleged she had been sexually assaulted since March this year.
MEC Weziwe Thusi said: “This case is particularly disturbing because the accused is a policeman who is supposed to protect and not harm children,” she said.
“This case should serve as a warning to women that we cannot trust anyone with our children. The fact that this man (allegedly) started violating this child last year is a call to all of us to make sure that we talk to our children on a regular basis to find out what is happening in their lives.”
The Daily News visited the policeman’s KwaMashu home on Wednesday and was met by his brother, who lives in a separate building on the property.
The girls, he said, lived in the main two-bedroom house with their father.
He was shocked by the claims.
He suggested there was a conspiracy against his brother because he was about to get married.
The man said his brother had several children who were born out of wedlock.
“He phoned me on Saturday and said: ‘My children have pressed rape charges against me.’
“I know my brother; he is the kind of person that would never do such a thing,” he said.
“Because he knows the law, I told him to focus on handing himself over to the police so he could get bail and sort out this problem.”
A neighbour said the girls had come to live with their father at the beginning of the year.
She too was shocked by the news.
Ipid spokesman, Moses Dlamini, confirmed both incidents involving the policeman.
He said the student constable had offered the teenager a lift home from the shop.
When she refused, he allegedly forced her into nearby bushes and raped her, Dlamini said.
The student policeman is also in custody.
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