Police officer arrested for assaulting his girlfriend

Police officer arrested for assaulting his girlfriend
Police officer arrested for assaulting his girlfriend. Image source: Pixabay

The Provincial Commissioner of KwaZulu-Natal Lieutenant General Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi has reiterated that no one is above the law, including police officers. This comes after a 39-year-old police Sergeant was arrested this morning (Tuesday) in connection with a case of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, after he allegedly assaulted his girlfriend on Sunday, 31 March 2024.

It is alleged that the officer assaulted a 29-year-old woman along the Mthoko Mkhize Main Road on Sunday night. The suspect, who works at Mpumalanga police station in Hammersdale, will appear in the Hammersdale Magistrate’s Court on Thursday, 4 April 2024.

Investigations are already underway into the victim’s allegations that she was initially refused to open a case. Should there be any substance on the allegations, internal processes will be instituted and responsible officers will be subjected to appropriate departmental steps.

The South African Police Service prioritises Gender Based Violence (GBV) cases and frontline police officers abide by the Domestic Violence Act and should act accordingly.

Lieutenant General Mkhwanazi said that police officers should be examplary and walk the talk. “Women and children must be and feel safe around men, they must feel even safer in the presence of police officers, whether on or off duty. Police officers must champion the fight against any form of violence perpetrated against women and children. If police officers commit any crime, we shall arrest them and ensure that they face the wrath of the law”, said Lieutenant General Mkhwanazi.

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