Police warn of growing trend of by male “besties”
Many people feel safe when they are around the people they trust and close to them.
Police in the Westrand have warned of a growing trend of women being raped by male “besties”, who gain their trust before taking advantage of them when they are alone.
Kagiso police said there has been an increase in reports of women being raped by people they described as their male best friends.
Kagiso police spokesperson Captain Solomon Sibiya said since the country’s Covid-19 regulations were adjusted to level one, more people have enjoyed the ease of restrictions by going out drinking.
“Most people feel that they have been delayed or denied an opportunity to mingle and celebrate with whoever for whatever occasion to Covid-19 regulations,” said Captain Sibiya.
There have been reports of men taking advantage of their intoxicated friends whose trust they had gained as long-term male friends or neighbours.
There has also been an increase in reports of women’s drinks being spiked with date-rape drugs.
A victim of rape whose drink was spiked will usually not be able to recall the period in which they were affected with the drug, making it easier for the perpetrator to assault them.
In a recent incident, following an evening at Zulujump, a woman stayed at the home of a man she had known and trusted for a long time with two of her friends.
She alleged that after her two friends left she remained behind to continue drinking with the man.
The victim woke up at about 00:30 on a couch and realised that she was naked and had been raped.
She confronted the suspect who admitted to having slept with her. She cannot recall giving consent, but the suspect insisted that she had.
“We wish to appeal and urge our women residents to take care of themselves and not trust anyone with their wellbeing or bodies,” advised Brigadier Themba Maduna, the station commander of Kagiso Police.
The 24-year-old suspect was arrested on Thursday and was charged with rape at the Kagiso SAPS.
He briefly appeared at the Kagiso Magistrate’s Court on Friday and he was remanded in custody for formal bail application.
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