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The young woman who was allegedly raped by four male detainees in police cells had been accused of being a tomboy.
Police allegedly placed her in the same holding cells with the four men as punishment for "acting like a boy".
The Independent Complaints Directorate yesterday confirmed having received a complaint from the woman.
ICD spokesman Dan Morema said they had an affidavit from the 19-year-old stating that police had accused her of being a tomboy. "As a result, they placed her with what they referred to as people of her kind," he said.
The incident happened at the Transvaal Road police station in Kimberley, Northern Cape. The woman had been arrested for being drunk.
The men allegedly took turns in raping her between 3am and 6am last Saturday.
A case of rape was opened against the four male detainees, police spokesman Captain Tshepo Mofokeng confirmed.
"The four men are between the ages of 20 and 35 years. They appeared in the Kimberley magistrate's court on Tuesday, and the case was postponed for further investigation and also to allow time for DNA results to be finalised," said Mofokeng.
Morema said the ICD would want to establish if the SAPS' standing orders were contravened or adhered to in terms of the cell visits. The visits are supposed to take place every hour, or every 30 minutes if a person is detained for being drunk.