Open letter to South Africa’s students‚ universities and government‚ represented by Minister in the .
A SENIOR police officer known as "Captain Crime Stop" whose duty was to educate pupils about crime has been sentenced to life imprisonment for raping a 12-year-old girl.
The sentence comes at a time the country was still observing the 16-Days of Activism against Women and Child abuse.
Selabaledi Rametsi was sentenced yesterday in the Mankweng magistrate's court in Polokwane.
The sentence is a sequel to an incident that happened on Valentine's Day in 2007 in Mokwakwaila village near Mojadjiskloof.
Rametsi had been instructed by his employers in the Bolobedu Police Station to help two girls who were stuck in Sekgosese Police Station and give them a lift home in Bolobedu.
The girls had gone to Sekgosese Community Radio Station in the greater Letaba municipality to see their favourite DJs perform live.
"While on the way back to Bolobedu, Rametsi stopped the police van and parked at the side of the road," said police spokesperson Superintendent Mohale Ramatseba.
"He ordered the other girl to step out and get in the bakkie leaving the other girl in the front seat with him."
Ramatseba said he stopped a few kilometres away near some bushes and raped the girl.
He then drove to the village where he dropped the girls on the street.
"But when the girls got home, their parents reprimanded them for coming home late and the victim revealed what had happened."
Ramatseba said the parents of the girl took her to a doctor who confirmed that she was raped and a case of rape against Rametsi was opened. He was subsequently arrested.