Spotlight on Rape

Soshanguve Rietgat Police officer tells rape victim she reported crime too late

Dudu said she was told by police that she reported her alleged rape too late at Soshanguve Rietgat Police.

She said she went to the police station to report that she had been raped by a police officer, and nothing has been done.

702's John Robbie spoke to the alleged rape victim, Dudu (not real name), about her experience in reporting the incident.

There is no time limit for reporting a rape case in South Africa. Police are not allowed to refuse to investigate your case if you report it.

John Robbie undertook to follow up on this case.

Listen to the conversation below:

I opened a rape case against a certain detective. The incident happened mid-March, I opened the case on the first week of May.

Dudu, caller

They said that I reported the matter late. Should I have reported it earlier, he would be arrested by now.

Dudu, caller

The detective that was handling the case requested them to take it to the IPID [Independent Police Investigative Directorate].

Dudu, caller

The IPID called me last week Friday and they told me that my case doesn't hold water because it would be my word against his.

Dudu, caller

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