Cop’s trial hears of teen’s night of rape

LazyLion

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Johannesburg - He allegedly raped her repeatedly overnight. The next day, the policeman wrote his number on a cardboard box tear-off, telling her to call him if she ever got arrested again.

This was the evidence in the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday of a woman whose then 17-year-old niece was allegedly raped last December by Hillbrow police officer Sibongiseni Gununu. He has pleaded not guilty. The aunt of the woman, who is 18 years old, testified at court on Tuesday.

*Irene said *Thuli was visiting her in Hillbrow for the holidays in December when the incident happened. At 6pm on a Friday, Thuli and three cousins were returning from a wedding rehearsal in the area when a police vehicle stopped them and asked them to produce their IDs. Thuli showed them her ID and her cousins produced their passports. The two officers told the niece the ID was fake and arrested her, taking her to Hillbrow police station.

“Her cousins came back to report what happened to me, and we went to the police station to fetch her. I thought it was just a misunderstanding,” she told The Star outside the court.

When Irene and her husband arrived, neither Thuli nor a record of her arrest could be found.

“We waited till after midnight before we went home.”

At 6 the next day, Irene and her husband bumped into Thuli as they were on their way back to the police station.

“She was sobbing and her eyes were red,” Irene told The Star.

In court, Irene recounted what her niece had told her about the events of the night of the incident. She said Thuli was questioned at the station for a short while before being released. She was told to leave with the officers who had brought her in. One of the officers, who was leaving work along with other police, was told to take her home.

“She said when they got to Madison Square, he said he was cold and wanted to go in to fetch his jacket. She insisted on waiting with the security guard, but he said ‘You were left in my custody, if anything happens to you, I’ll have to answer’, and she went up with him.”

In the flat, Thuli saw people sleeping on the floor of the lounge and followed the officer to a room. “Then he closed the door behind him, told her to sit down and said that whatever happens in that room will stay there,” said Irene.

The officer allegedly took and hid Thuli’s clothes and then raped her several times during the night. Irene told The Star that the officer had threatened and intimidated Thuli into silence. “He told her he would kill her and her family if she ever tried to report him,” said Irene.

In court, Irene said Gununu had told Thuli: “I’m a police officer, I know the law, and Hillbrow is a small place.”

In the morning he dropped her off a few blocks from her aunt’s home. When her aunt saw she was distressed, she examined her and found that she had been raped. The suspect does not deny having sex with Thuli but said in a statement he gave previously in court that it was consensual.

His bail of R5 000, which he was awarded last year, was extended until August 23, when the case resumes.

*Not their real names

lerato.mbangeni@inl.co.za

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Sherbang

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How can South Africa teach their cops NOT to rape but protect the women? Ok, not all cops do it but still, I believe the government should do something about it. Ok OK Wishful thinking I know that too . . .
http://www.iol.co.za/news/crime-courts/cop-s-trial-hears-of-teen-s-night-of-rape-1.1561992
I think it's a bigger issue of how can South Africa teach their men NOT to rape (etc) but protect the women?
The men in this country (all of us men) are the only ones that can do anything about it.
 

LazyLion

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How can South Africa teach their cops NOT to rape but protect the women? Ok, not all cops do it but still, I believe the government should do something about it. Ok OK Wishful thinking I know that too . . .
http://www.iol.co.za/news/crime-courts/cop-s-trial-hears-of-teen-s-night-of-rape-1.1561992
Can you please always just post the link in the first post, so that I can add the text afterwards, then make your comments in another second post, separate to the article itself?
Thanks.
 

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I think it's a bigger issue of how can South Africa teach their men NOT to rape (etc) but protect the women?
The men in this country (all of us men) are the only ones that can do anything about it.

Yes because all SA men are responsible for the rape.
 

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This is just fsckd up.

His bail is only 5k and he said it was consensual (which IMO I doubt) but she was 17 at the time of the incident. So even if by a small possibility that it was consensual, she was still under age.
 

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I thought the SAP are the protectors of the people. Power abuse by the nue SAPS are getting out of hand.
 

Rocket Raccoon

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This is just fsckd up.

His bail is only 5k and he said it was consensual (which IMO I doubt) but she was 17 at the time of the incident. So even if by a small possibility that it was consensual, she was still under age.
Actually the age of consent in SA is 16.
 
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I have very good contacts into the SAPS. Close friends. They are in the middle management and without exception are very disappointed at how SAPS is run. Apparently the police they joined during the old days and this 'new South Africa' SAPS, has little in common. Policeman reporting drunk for duty, rampant crime and corruption at ALL levels are the things which bother them most. Needless to say, reporting a colleague for miss behaviour is the quickest way to be stamped as a racist. Oh, and of course, for obvious reasons, they have little chance of promotion regardless how good they are.
 
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