Policeman assaults woman


A policeman was arrested on Saturday after he allegedly assaulted his wife the night before in their home in Limpopo.

The man’s wife apparently escaped from the house with the help of a passer-by.

Brig. Police spokesperson Hlulani Mashaba says preliminary information indicates that the suspect arrived at his home in Mavhunga Village at 10pm on Friday and woke up his wife.

“The two got involved in an exchange of words after which the suspect allegedly punched his wife,” says Mashaba.

“The victim managed to escape from the house, but her husband apparently followed her.”

According to the victim, she asked for help from a passing motorist, who took her to the Mphephu police station.

A case of assault with intent to seriously injure was filed against the policeman. He was arrested shortly afterwards and is expected to appear in the Dzanani Magistrate’s Court soon.

According to Mashaba, the 46-year-old policeman is attached to the South African Police Service’s (SAPD) dog unit in Modimolle.

Lt. Gen. Thembi Hadebe, provincial police commissioner, strongly condemned the policeman’s alleged actions.

“We expect law enforcement officers to behave ethically at all times, therefore these charges are taken very seriously,” says Hadebe.

“Moreover, this type of behavior is contrary to our principles, and appropriate disciplinary action will be taken without fear or favor pending the findings of the investigation.”