Top Cape Town cop cleared of racism allegations

The entrance of the Bothasig Police station.

Bothasig police station in Cape Town. Picture: Google

Published May 31, 2023


Cape Town - A Cape Town top cop has been cleared of wrongdoing after allegations of racism were brought against her last year.

Initially, the police officer is alleged to have ordered lower-ranking officers to strip and search a black constable at Bothasig police station.

Allegations of racism were levelled against her.

At the time, provincial police spokesperson, Colonel Andre Traut confirmed the matter was being investigated.

“Kindly be advised that this office can confirm that the case cited in your enquiry was registered at Bothasig police station and the circumstances surrounding the assault and crimen injuria are under investigation,” Traut said.

However, after detailed and intensive internal investigations, the police officer has been found innocent of any wrongdoing and claims made against the police officer were unfounded.

The police officer’s defence counsel from Hendricks-Harmse Attorneys confirmed the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has notified their office the criminal matter against the police officer will not be prosecuted and charges were withdrawn.

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According to the law firm, legal proceedings will be taken against those who brought the untrue allegations to light.

Counsel for the police officer, Bruce Hendricks said they were happy with the outcome.

“We are happy that the charges against our client has been withdrawn as it was without merit from the start. We will be pursuing civil action against the parties involved,” Hendricks said.