A 40-year-old police woman was arrested and charged with rape, sexual grooming of her little boy, and creating and distributing child pornographic material.
Limpopo Police spokesperson Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo said the suspect, whose identity cannot be named to protect the child, was apprehended following a video clip that circulated virally on social media, showing her having sex with her then 10-year-old son.
He said Provincial Police Commissioner, Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe, acted swiftly to investigate the incident and take the child away to a place of safety. He will receive psychological treatment and assistance.
The suspect appeared in Marble Hall Magistrate’s Court on Monday and was remanded in custody until January 30, 2023.
According to Brigadier Mojapelo, Lt Gen Hadebe has already ordered the suspect be subjected to immediate internal processes in terms of the South African Police Service Disciplinary Regulations.
Expressing her shock and disappointment at the suspect’s abhorrent actions, Lt Gen Hadebe stated that “the actions of this woman are deplorable and deserve harsh condemnation. Even though the suspect allegedly committed this crime when she was still a Public Service Act employee of the SAPS, she should have known better. Such unbecoming behaviour deserves harsh consequences. The South African Police Service does not have space for such people who tarnish its image.”
The Democratic Alliance (DA) in Limpopo said it was appalled by the arrest of a police officer accused of sexual assault on a child.
The Provincial DA Spokesperson on Transport and Community Safety, Katlego Suzan Phala, has strongly condemned this heinous crime. She expressed deep concern that a member of the police force, who is supposed to keep the community safe, was the one who allegedly committed this act.
“The Limpopo crime statistics for the 2nd quarter of 2022/2023 show a 15.5 percent increase in reported rapes, with 1134 reported sexual offences from July to September 2022, which is a 12.9 percent increase from the same period in 2021.”
Phala said the DA would attend the bail hearing of the female police constable arrested for allegedly forcing her 12-year-old son to have sexual intercourse with her.
“The incident, which was captured on video and has been viral, is utterly deplorable and has no place in our society. In addition, the DA would be submitting questions to the Limpopo provincial police commissioner, Lt. Gen Hadebe, regarding the vetting process of new SAPS recruits.
She said no one should be allowed to prey on children and commit such heinous crimes and that her party would do all it could to ensure justice is served and those responsible are held to account.