Cape Town - A police officer accused of raping and sexually assaulting two teenage boys could no longer afford his lawyer after his wife, who had been paying the attorney, turned State witness.

On Thursday, the officer, who has not yet pleaded, was expected to apply for bail in the Blue Downs Magistrate’s Court.

But the matter was postponed after attorney Bradley Muller told the court that he wished to withdraw from the matter. Muller said he had consulted his client’s wife who said she would testify for the State.

There had been a problem with finances as a result.

Magistrate Schearlton Cloete excused Muller and asked the officer how he wanted to proceed.

He asked for assistance from a legal aid attorney.

The 40-year-old warrant officer, who had been stationed at Bellville South station before his arrest, is accused of raping and sexually assaulting two boys, both aged 14, on various occasions.

He was arrested this month.

He faces 10 counts of statutory rape, eight counts of sexual assault and two counts of sexual assault of children.

It is the State’s case that he had been sexually assaulting one of the boys since 2010, when the child was 10.

Cloete postponed the matter to August 14 for a bail application.

Police watchdog, the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid), said previously that it became aware of the matter on June 20.

Ipid 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.

The latest Ipid annual report said there were 37 rape complaints against police officers in the Western Cape between 2012 and 2013. A total of 30 of these cases involved off-duty officers, while seven involved officers on duty.

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