POLICE say they will not hesitate to lay criminal charges against people who waste state resources by lying or opening false cases.
This follows an incident in which a woman reported that she had been kidnapped, repeatedly raped, and forced to cook human heads.
She has been arrested by the Richards Bay organised crime unit in KwaZulu-Natal. She was charged with defeating the ends of justice and perjury and will appear in the Empangeni magistrate's court today.
Superintendent Jay Naicker said the woman told police that on October 10 she was kidnapped by a woman in Durban after being promised a job at Isipingo.
"She said the person instead proceeded towards Umzinto where she was dropped off with three men in a bakkie. She claimed that these men took her and two other women already in that bakkie to an unknown area with their faces covered. She claimed they were taken to a bush where she was repeatedly raped by five men and forced to cook the heads of human beings," he said.
The woman SMSed her family saying she had been kidnapped and they reported her missing to police.
The next day she allegedly managed to escape and g a motorist dropped her off at the Empangeni police station from where she was taken to hospital for treatment.
"The police had already begun a large scale search for her," Naicker said.
"They now focused their search for the suspects. Members of the local dog unit were also used but the scene could not be found and the woman was not able point it out."
He said police traced the woman's boyfriend in Empangeni.
"He admitted that the woman had visited him on the day she allegedly went missing. He said he gave her money to go back home the same day she said she had escaped from her attackers. Police then established she had lied when she said she was kidnapped and raped."
"Cases of this nature are considered very serious and the SAPS uses a lot of resources when investigating ," he sai d.