A police officer was sentenced to six years in prison this week for the attempted rape of a woman in 2018. He was not on duty at the time of the incident.
Const. Thabiso Shabangu, 33, was sentenced in the Nigel Regional Court on the East Rand on Tuesday.
Shabangu attended a party in July 2018 in Nigel during which he found a sleeping woman (29) in a room in the early hours of the morning. He forced himself on the woman during which he tried to strangle and rape her.
According to Seisa, the woman woke up at that stage and fought back continuously. She bit off the constable’s fingers in the process.
The incident was reported to the police shortly thereafter and then transferred to the Independent Police Investigation Directorate for further investigation.
Opod spokesman Sontaga Seisa said in a statement that Shabangu was attached to the police’s VIP protection unit in Pretoria at the time of the attempted rape. However, he was fired after the incident.
“Opod will not tolerate any crime by the South African Police Service (SAPS) or municipal police service,” Seisa said in the statement.