[WATCH] 'A woman is being raped' - Sleeping police ignore Roodeport community cries

[WATCH] 'A woman is being raped' - Sleeping police ignore Roodeport community cries

An internal investigation has been launched by the South Africa Police Service after a damning video surfaced on social media.

'A woman is being raped' - Sleeping police ignore Roodeport community cries

A Roodeport community member claims to have been ignored by cops sleeping on the job.

In the widely circulated video, a community member can be heard complaining that several of his calls had gone unanswered.

The entrance of the police station is pitch dark when he arrives to report a rape incident unfolding nearby.

"I've asked for your help, and you couldn't help me, I got into my car and drove here to tell you that they are raping a lady here on the corner of 7th Avenue and 7th Street and you refuse to speak to me," the community member said.

"Is that how you treat the public after you have given down your oath that you will protect the public. Now you can just rub your eyes, but you are taking our money, our tax money for your salary.

"And you people sitting there at the back - have you requested help for the lady that is being raped at this stage?" the frustrated man continued to ask.

He further threatened to call the station's police commander.

"You're either going to get help for the woman that is being raped or I'm getting Captain York.

"You phone here, and they are sleeping - we are asking for help for a woman, a woman that is being raped and then these ladies can just sit here and hide in the back. That is how they stand up for their sister, their sister in need."


The man got very little response from the police.

He proceeded to walk into the office behind the helpdesk.

"I'm asking for help. They are raping a lady at the corner - are you not worried here? You are still sitting here, four people, sleeping in front of a heater but your sister's being raped."

Police Ministry spokesperson Lirandzu Themba responded to the video shared on social media.

"An urgent internal investigation is underway to look into this serious allegation that SA Police Service officers who were on night duty in the CSC were sleeping and failed to respond to complaints from a member of the public," she wrote.

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