Victim told her clothes provoked rapists

South African police officers have not mastered the Domestic Violence Act , a new report reveals. (Photo: FreeDigitalPhotos.net)

South African police officers have not mastered the Domestic Violence Act , a new report reveals. (Photo: FreeDigitalPhotos.net)

Station commander tells victim her miniskirt encouraged rapists

A 19-year-old woman who tried to open a rape case at Marble Hall Police Station in Limpopo was told by the station commander that she had encouraged her attackers by wearing a miniskirt, the Sowetan reports.

Now the woman is living in fear after the Marble Hall Magistrate’s Court struck the matter off the roll and released the two alleged rapists, apparently because the police failed to comply with the magistrate’s instructions.

Report reveals police don’t understand Domestic Violence Act

Police officers don’t have a good grasp of the Domestic Violence Act of 1998 and are struggling to cope with the associated paperwork, a report by the Civilian Secretariat for Police  has revealed. The Star reports that the oversight body studied 155 police stations between April and September 2012 and tabled its first report to Parliament last week. Some of the Secretariat’s alarming findings are as follows:

–          SAPS members couldn’t clearly state the steps to be taken when assisting a complainant.

–          Officers and station commanders didn’t know how to fill in the complaint registers.

–          Police didn’t know where to refer complainants for help, due to a lack of shelters.

–          SAPS officers can’t get access to magistrates and clerks of the court after hours to issue protection orders.

Meanwhile, The New Age reports that the police have intensified a campaign to reduce domestic violence in the Cape Flats. The Mitchell’s Plain police station receives 30 domestic violence reports a day, the paper said. Read more.

Officers arrested for stealing illicit cigarettes

Five people, including two off-duty police officers, were arrested for stealing illicit cigarettes worth R25 000 in the North West Province last weekend, IOL reports. Police received a tip-off about cigarettes being stolen from a truck parked at a police station. They observed two K-9 Unit members loading items from the truck onto a police bakkie. The officers have been charged with theft and possession of suspected stolen goods and using a state motor vehicle without authorization. Read more.

More local justice stories:

Reports of a crime wave in Pretoria. 

Motorist shot dead after allegedly attacking traffic cop.

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