A man and woman were apprehended and charged for defeating the ends of justice after they opened false cases separately following an incident on September 13.
Detectives were bemused following attempts by the two to mislead investigators despite a social media report of the incident being posted by a local security company.
Provincial police spokesman, Lt Col Thulani Zwane confirmed, “The two suspects were charged for defeating the ends of justice following two separate reports of false cases.”
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Tongaat detectives were able to link these cases to a report on social media by the local security company, which described in detail how the man and women were robbed while engaging in sexual activity at a sugarcane field on the same day.
Initially, the woman (47) reported that she was raped on September 13 at Cottonlands in Verulam.
The case was then reported to police a day after the incident and detectives took over the docket.
A few days later, 42-year-old man alleged that he was hijacked by two suspects on Old Main Road in Tongaat on September 13.
A case was opened at Tongaat police station four days after the incident.
“Both victims were arrested and charged for defeating the ends of justice. They appeared in the Verulam Magistrate’s Court,” added Lt Col Zwane.
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Lt Col Zwane said police are again warning members of the community to refrain from reporting false cases as police resources are wasted when officers spend time and money investigating these matters.
“Police take all reports of crime seriously and those who open false cases will be caught out,” he warned.
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