The Independent Police Investigative Directorate says it’s investigating reports of rape by a police officer in Bloemfontein.

IPID says that a woman, 32, alleges that the officer took her to his residence in Hillside, after being introduced by friends at a local tavern.

“It is alleged that the complainant tried to leave the suspect’s residence, but the gate was locked,” says IPID. “She went back into the house to ask the suspect for the keys, but the suspect grabbed her by the neck and threw her on the bed and raped her without a condom.”

The incident was only reported, says the directorate, after the officer accused the woman of stealing his phone.

The officer is in custody, and is expected to appear in court this week.