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Mapula Khoza, the sister of a police officer at the centre of the sex video, says the media shouldnt have published the pictures. Photo:Itumeleng English

The family of the female police officer at the centre of a row about explicit sex video pictures splashed in a daily newspaper is devastated at the disclosure.

They fear that the woman may take her own life as the scandal takes its toll on her.

“We visit her every day. She is trying to cope, but we can see she is very depressed. She is strong, but you never know what might happen,” said the police officer’s sister, Mapula Khoza.

The police officer and the correctional services officer were caught on video having sex while on duty at Leratong Hospital.

The video was allegedly filmed by the correctional officer and later circulated by a colleague, and has sparked a frenzy of gossip and speculation in Kagiso, near Krugersdorp, where the two officers live.

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa described the exposé as “embarrassing” and “immoral”.

The two officers have since been dismissed.

On Tuesday, the police officer’s family said the incident and its subsequent publication in the media had left them heartbroken.

“The whole thing has hurt us a lot. As a family, we are going through the most difficult time of our life,” Khoza said.

She said they had been tormented since rumours about the video started circulating in the township about three weeks ago.

“There were a lot of negative remarks around us that we didn’t understand. Even when we walked into the streets or went to the shops, people would gossip and laugh while pointing fingers at us.”

It got nastier on Sunday, when she heard people talking about the video in a taxi she was travelling in to the Krugersdorp shopping mall.

“I just kept quiet, but deep inside it was hurting and embarrassing,” she said, adding that a neighbour had later that day told her brother about the video.

“My brother explained what the video was all about. I couldn’t believe it because I know my sister is a good woman,” Khoza said.

And then the unthinkable happened: “I was shocked to hear the news about pictures of my sister in the newspaper on Monday. I went out to buy the paper, but didn’t get it. How it got into the media, I don’t know,” she said.

Still worried, Khoza went to her sister’s matrimonial home.

“I found her sleeping. She looked very depressed. She was trying to stay calm and strong, but I could see she was struggling,” she said, adding that her sister and her husband had been married for 15 years.

Khoza added: “She said it’s not something she had planned and was full of regret, especially because she had put her mother and husband through a lot of pain.”

The family was also disturbed at rumours on Tuesday that her sister had committed suicide.

“We heard rumours that she tried to kill herself by taking pills. It’s all lies and shows how insensitive people can be,” Khoza said.

She blamed the correctional officer for the exposé.

“Why he took the video, I don’t know. The worst thing is that he couldn’t even explain why he did that,” Khoza said, adding that the family had not made contact with the correctional officer.

But she has spoken to her sister’s husband. “I sympathise with him because his parents are late (sic) and we were like his own family. I spoke to him and it was clear he is hurt by the whole thing. He said ‘only God knows’.”

Khoza lashed out at the media.

“I am very disappointed and angry. They didn’t even try to approach us. But what we ask ourselves is: did they think about how this will affect my sister’s children and their education?” she asked.

Also devastated was the police officer’s mother, who asked to be identified by her first name, Malebo.

“She might have made a mistake, but I know she is a respectful and honest person. She is a Christian and regular churchgoer. I am hurt, but I will leave everything to God.”

The Commission for Gender Equality and Media Monitoring condemned the use of the explicit photos and questioned the way the story was covered.

National police spokesman Vishnu Naidoo condemned the police reservist for “embarrassing her colleagues” and “bringing the police into disrepute”, adding that publishing the pictures was “insensitive”, particularly as children had access to the newspaper. - The Star


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steve, wrote

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04:57pm on 22 August 2011
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It is disgusting and irresponsible of the sowetan to have published the tape - disgraceful, they should be ashamed for doing that and shoudl face censure. News media at its most perverse

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04:45pm on 22 August 2011
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there's nothing wrong with two adults having sex, but its wrong being on duty, n worse in uniform, these are professionals we look up to in the community, you dont do that,n even if u decide to dont record it,its even more disgusting! everything u do inda dark,will come to light because there is a JUST God.

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04:44pm on 22 August 2011
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there's nothing wrong with two adults having sex, but its wrong being on duty, n worse in uniform, these are professionals we look up to in the community, you dont do that,n even if u decide to dont record it,its even more disgusting! everything u do inda dark,will come to light because there is a JUST God.

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luja, wrote

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02:26pm on 22 August 2011
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i feel the hurt for that the female officer and famliy ,this will pass this calls for the family to come together and keep praying this is not a laughing issue i stand by yu guys always believe in God .

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Anonymous, wrote

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11:59am on 22 August 2011
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Shame on her. Married woman nogal!! I curse the day she was born. Maybe she was suppose to take the ring off before engaging in this act of stupidity. Her husband, who claims to stand by her, I hoe hehas brains in his head.

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09:59am on 22 August 2011
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in life we all learn the hard way and what the correctional service officer did to the female cop is just despicable and inhuman because on the video it shows that he was very aware of the video. i am not saying that the female cop is innocent because she new very well that she is married but besides all that no one deserves to be put on a spot like that and i mean the stupid guy had to think for her children, i mean how are ather kids gona react towards her kids. should he wanted to expose her, he would have just sent the video to the husband not the whole of south africa. the female cop needs to stay strong and pray more, this will blow off eventually and as for the correctional service officer what you do to others will come back to you double or rather triple the size of the pain and i hope you are very proud of your stupidity.

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lindiwe, wrote

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07:09am on 22 August 2011
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Eish I'm feeling sorry for her.she let the dawm stupid man ruin her marriage

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Mandy, wrote

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10:24pm on 21 August 2011
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Nobody is perfect and we all make mistakes, they just had sex and he had no right to do what he did, granted it was not appropriate"unprofessional" but I hate this double standard, why is she persecuted alone, she is dealing with being humiliated and loosing her job for a quickie(Hope it was worth it, he doesnt look it though

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Johan, wrote

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09:21am on 21 August 2011
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Wait, am I missing something here? She is upset he took the video, but not about what they DID?! So she is saying what she did was acceptable but taking the video was not? The video was the RIGHT thing! Well Done Sowetan!

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Rad, wrote

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08:08am on 21 August 2011
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I am disgusted by the amount of people on these comments defending these two people who not only neglected their duties, but violated the law by performing lewd acts in a public place, smoking in a nonsmoking building, but they also violated themselves, their families and the sanctity of their marriages. Clearly those defending these two have no morals! YOU ARE SICK!!!

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Anonymous, wrote

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03:32am on 21 August 2011
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For me the central issue here is the bambaklat who took the video, u can just see this guy is tjatjarag!!. He took advantage of the lady & for that I curse the day that he was born. The beginning of the tape shows the idiot busy smoking & taking pleasure at getting ready for the woman. From his behaviour on the video u can see the guy has moral deficiency. Trying to prove a point to friends who initially got him in to a worldly trouble.

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Tabile, wrote

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12:01am on 21 August 2011
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We are such an unforgiving nation, yes they were suppose to be guarding the prisoner, but would we have the same comments had escaped while these were a smoke break. People desert their designated areas of work, to go and smoke. Where is the human rights commission?

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Anonymous, wrote

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11:57pm on 20 August 2011
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Agree with Carin... lack of self-control breeds children with lack of self-control and shatters others' confidence!

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Fhatuwani Nesamari, wrote

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11:26pm on 20 August 2011
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News papers should have not show the pictures for the sake of children

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Anonymous, wrote

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09:51pm on 20 August 2011
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the editor of sowetan should lose his or her job, it is unthinkable that any sane individual with morals will contemplate publishing such compromising material. The story could have been covered without pictures, god knows how many innocent people have now been victims of the editor's poor judgement. Can some lawyer out there, pro bono, on behalf of this lady sue the sowetan - there should be no doubt what the outcome should be when you publish rubbiss of that nature.

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CremoraTea, wrote

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09:33pm on 20 August 2011
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feel sorry for the family, husband and kids. she did what she did fooling around. If she were single it would have been a different story. This is humiliating she's stuffed socially and career wise. I guess we all have our skeletons. take this as lesson and move on with your life go to capetown, change your name.

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yoyo!, wrote

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07:05pm on 20 August 2011
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for us as people we should know there is no secret.for those who do it under close door it is recoded.'ONE DAY EVEN MORE EMBARASING IT WILL BE REVEALED AND WE WILL KNOW. YOU DID IN THE OPEN GOD KNOWS

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Anonymous, wrote

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06:52pm on 20 August 2011
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Get the royalties, Girl. Sowetan & IOL. No performance should go unpaid for. And seriously, who cares what anyone thinks. The self-righteous should look to themselves instead of commenting on other people. No one is superior to anyone else. And if you can get sex, get it. Not enough of it going on.

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Anonymous, wrote

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05:58pm on 20 August 2011
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The person or people from the media who posted the article and made sure that it hit headlines- did not only do it because it made sensational news...they did it because in a way it covered their own tracks and took attention away from their own doings. There is a saying in Tswana that means when you stand behind the door and do things- you will recognise those who are with you behind the door!

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Lawman, wrote

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03:35pm on 20 August 2011
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@Tony Cox,not in this country. she doesnt stand a chance. The public indicency + illegal filming of pornographic material is pretty stiff hey. They could also throw in the fact that she was in her Uniform which makes it terribly difficult for her to even stand in a court of law

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