Hostage negotiators called in to rescue women held captive by a policeman

Hostage negotiators had to be called in to persuade a policeman to release two women he was holding captive in Soweto earlier this week.

The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) is probing allegations of rape and kidnapping against the policeman.

“It is alleged that the cop, his girlfriend and the girlfriend’s friend were together in a tavern. The trio left and went to the police officer’s place,” said Ipid spokesperson Ndileka Cola.

The policeman allegedly raped his girlfriend’s friend that day.

“The allegation is that a few days later, the three met in the tavern again and later went back to the suspect’s house. The two victims were held hostage. The suspect allegedly demanded to know where his girlfriend [had been] on the day when he allegedly raped the girlfriend’s friend,” Cola said.

“The police, hostage negotiators and the task force were called in to the scene. Through the negotiation process the victims were released and the suspect was arrested on September 22,” Cola added.

The policeman is expected to appear in the Protea magistrate’s court on Friday.

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