Kimberley - The Independent Complaints Directorate (ICD) in the Northern Cape is investigating two alleged incidents of rape in police cells where police officers from Kimberley and Upington were involved.
Two police officers were arrested on Monday in Upington after they had allegedly raped a woman in the police cells in Upington.
Dan Morema, spokesman for the ICD in the Northern Cape said the men were arrested after they had been positively identified in an identity parade.
"The complainant was arrested for disturbing the peace. One of the officers allegedly fetched the woman from her cell and took her to a waiting room. He then raped her. The other official then assaulted her," said Morema.
The two officers appeared this week in the Upington Magistrates Court. They were both released on bail. They will appear again in court on 30 January 2009.
In the meantime, the ICD is also investigating another case of rape after a policeman from Kimberley allegedly raped a woman in the police cells at Transvaal Street.
Ms Dikeledi Phiri, national spokesperson for the ICD said the woman, originally from Lesotho, was allegedly raped in the police cells on November 6.
"The policeman had said that if she had sex with him, that he would let her go. She had been arrested because her documents were not in order," said Phiri.
Phiri said ICD inspectors were investigating the case. No one has been arrested.
The police did not reply to the Volksblad newspaper's questions regarding the case in Kimberley.
Capt. Tshepo Mofokeng, police spokesperson said "the alleged rape in Kimberley" is sub judice and he cannot make a statement.
"The ICD have taken over the case and are investigating," he said.
Mofokeng did not say whether the policeman had been suspended pending the investigation. He also did not mention whether the police were busy with an internal investigation.
Morema said the police had reported both cases to the ICD.
"The police have assisted both women with their complaints. It proves the police will not tolerate such incidents."