News24 | Limpopo cop arrested after allegedly assaulting his wife

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A police officer was arrested in Limpopo after allegedly assaulting his wife in their home.

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A police officer was arrested for allegedly brutally assaulting his wife in their Limpopo home late on Friday night.The suspect is believed to be part of the SAPS Modimolle K9 Unit.Limpopo police said a case of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm has been registered.Limpopo police have arrested one of their own after the officer allegedly brutally assaulted his wife on Friday night in Mavhunga Village, which falls under the Mphephu policing precinct in the Vhembe district.

Police spokesperson, Brigadier Hlulani Mashaba, said preliminary reports indicated that the 46-year-old officer arrived home on Friday just after 22:00 and woke up his wife.

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“The two got into a heated argument and the suspect assaulted his wife with his fists until she fell down,” said Mashaba.

Police said the victim managed to escape further assault and ran outside the yard to seek help, but the officer allegedly followed her.

“The victim then got assistance from a motorist who gave her a lift to Mphephu police station. A case of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm [was] opened by the victim. The suspect was arrested shortly after the incident,” said Mashaba.

According to the police, the suspect, attached to the SAPS Modimolle K9 Unit, is expected to appear before the Dzanani Magistrate’s Court “in due course”.

Provincial commissioner, Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe, has condemned the police officer’s alleged actions.

Hadebe said: 

This incident is highly regrettable. We expect members of law enforcement to conduct themselves in an ethical and professional manner at all times. We therefore view these allegations seriously and are conducting a thorough investigation.

She added that such behaviour goes against the police’s principles.

“Appropriate disciplinary measures will be taken pending the outcome of the investigation, without fear or favour,” said Hadebe.


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