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Johannesburg – The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) on Thursday has arrested two police constables for the alleged rape of a 20-year-old woman in Paballelo, Upington, police said.

Ipid spokesperson Moses Dlamini said the pair, stationed at Nakop Port of Entry and Kenhardy SAPS in Upington, Northern Cape, were off duty when they allegedly committed the crime.

"It is alleged that on Monday, the victim from Rosedale in Upington, requested a lift to town from the two Constables. The victim allegedly knows both police officers," said Dlamini.

"When they returned from town, they went to the house of one of the constables. It is alleged that one of the constables left the house after which the victim was raped by the remaining constable, who is the owner of the house where the rape occurred.

"During the rape, the other police officer, allegedly returned and also raped the victim." Dlamini said after the assaults, the victim informed both men that she intended to report them to the police. The house owner begged her not to report the matter.

"When she did not relent, the constable drove the victim to Paballelo SAPS, where the matter was reported. The victim was taken to the hospital where she was examined by a doctor," said Dlamini.

Both men were arrested and were expected to appear at the Upington Magistrate's Court on Thursday on a charges of rape.