A police officer from Brackenfell who allegedly raped a 26 year old woman was remanded in custody to the 2nd of February 2022 , much to the relief of the victim.It was reported that the suspect had claimed that he was taking her to his colleague for assistance on the 10th of January 2022 and went on to abuse her on a Stellenbosch farm .
The National Prosecuting Authority informed that the appearance in the Blue Down's Magistrate's Court that was supposed to take place on Monday will now be taking place on the 2nd of February 2022.This means that the alleged cop-rapist will remain behind bars and only apply for bail then .It has almost been two weeks since the incident took place and the IPID is reportedly looking at the case.Even though there was a postponement of the case , the victim reportedly felt at ease at the fact that the suspect will be in prison. She however hopes that the suspect does not get granted bail next week.She reportedly said that she could not deal with him being out of prison. It is sad that law enforcement agencies who are supposed to be enforcing the laws in South Africa are actually the ones breaking them.The justice system needs to send a bold statement to law enforcement agencies who may be breaking laws that they are supposed to be protecting by slapping them with harsher sentences when convicted.
Members of the community view law enforcement agencies as people whom they can trust and who can protect them.It is for this reason that they need to play that role .There is a need for police to be constantly reminded by they are the law enforcement agencies and what is required of them. Police need to protect and enforce the law, not to break it.
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