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'Rapist' policeman afraid of criminals he sent to jail

By unknown | Apr 04, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Penwell Dlamini

Penwell Dlamini

A Soweto policeman arrested for allegedly kidnapping and raping a woman, yesterday pleaded with a magistrate not to send him to Johannesburg Prison - but to no avail.

Isaac Mafunzwane, 38, told the Protea magistrates' court that he was afraid of victimisation by criminals he had arrested and helped send to Johannesburg Prison.

The Protea Glen policeman is facing three counts of kidnapping and rape.

According to evidence Mafunzwane had just released woman on warning from Diepkloof police station after she had been charged with assault on Monday.

A short while later Mafunzwane allegedly gave the 34-year-old woman a lift. Instead of taking her to her home in Diepkloof, he drove to his house in Protea Glen, where he allegedly raped her.

He allegedly released the woman on Tuesday morning and dropped her off in his neighbourhood. The woman alleges that despite being raped, she went to the Orlando magistrates' court to face the assault charge and informed the prosecutor about the rape. Mafunzwane was arrested the same day.

The case against Mafunzwane was postponed to Monday when he is expected to apply for bail.

His attorney Owen Khumalo asked that his client not to be taken to Johannesburg Prison because there was a number of criminals he had arrested and helped convict in his 17-year career as a policeman.

Magistrate Ndivhuwo Sethusha told Mafunzwane: "I disagree with the reasoning of your lawyer.

"You will be kept at the Johannesburg Prison while he consults with the prison authorities about your request."


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