South Africa

Woman arrested for false rape report

Benoni – A woman has been arrested for making a false rape report to the police, and now faces a charge of perjury.

  Police spokesperson Brigadier Mathapelo Peters said: “Police would like to warn people who open false cases that it comes with unpleasant consequences. In the same tone, police are appealing to victims of rape not to be silent but report it as soon as possible. This warning comes after a 21-year-old woman went to Benoni police station and alleged that she had been raped by her stepfather. The case was prioritised and duly treated with urgency, only to establish that the case was based on a fabricated story. Preliminary investigation confirmed that the complainant opened a false rape case,” said Peters.

  In cases of gender-based violence and rape police divert resources to deal with them.

  “The community is warned to refrain from fabricating sensitive cases of rape and make the police activate all role players and resources that could have been used for genuine cases at that particular time,” Peters said.

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