Former Limpopo police officer "Captain Crime Stop", accused of raping a 13-year-old Bolobedu Primary School pupil two years ago, has been fired.
Sergeant Selabaledi Rametsi of the Bolobedu police station in Modjadjiskloof was dismissed yesterday by the SAPS after he was found guilty of bringing the name of the police service and the station into disrepute.
Spokesman for the police in Bolobedu, Inspector Freddy Maenetja, said Rametsi, 38, was found guilty at a departmental hearing last Friday. He said Rametsi had been accused of dragging the department's name through the mud after allegations of raping a minor were levelled against him. Rametsi was told to leave the department and warned not to set foot at the station again.
"The department of safety and security is one of the government departments that instil discipline and good conduct - and so should its officials," Maenetja said yesterday.
Rametsi's duties as "Captain Crime Stop", among others, included educating young people, especially at schools, about juvenile delinquency, rape, theft and assault.
His dismissal follows an alleged incident in 2006 when he was accused of raping a girl - who was 13 at the time.
The girl had gone to the Sekgosese Community Radio Station with a friend to see her favourite DJs perform live at the station.
When the two left the building it was late, and they decided to go to a nearby police station to ask for a lift home to Bolobedu, some 90km away. Police at Sekgosese called Bolobedu police station, and Rametsi was dispatched to fetch the young girls.
According to a police statement, Rametsi allegedly stopped along the road and asked the other girl to sit at the back of the van, leaving him and the victim in the front seat.
He allegedly drove for a few kilometres, stopped the van again, and then dragged the girl into the bushes and raped her.
The girl told her mother about her ordeal, who then opened a case of rape against him.
The case was recently postponed for trial in the Mankweng sexual offences court and will be heard on January 18 and 19.