Top Metro cop now faces rape charge

Published Oct 17, 2000


A charge of rape has been laid against Durban Metro Police chief Vincent Ngubane by the junior Metro constable who lodged a formal grievance with the council last week alleging that Ngubane had sexually harassed her in March this year when he visited her at her flat.

Police spokesperson Vishnu Naidoo said the constable had laid a charge of rape with the South African Police Service on Monday night.

He said detectives were investigating her statement that she had been raped and not just sexually harassed.

Until last week, the constable kept quiet about the incident, as Ngubane had allegedly begged her to do so in exchange for a more lucrative work contract as opposed to her current part-time position.

It was only when she realised recently that the promise would not be kept that she decided to lodge the complaint.

Police spokesperson Bala Naidoo said the police would investigate the case even though the alleged incident took place seven months ago.

Meanwhile, the metro council's investigation by internal forensic experts had not been completed by Tuesday night, said Ngubane's superior, Titus Malaza, the head of the emergency services unit.

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