A Welkom woman was arrested for perjury, theft and fraud after she had allegedly lied about being kidnapped and raped last week. The 34-year-old woman registered a case of kidnapping in Port Elizabeth after she went missing.
Her husband became concerned after she had dropped her child at school did not return. He then reported her missing to police. Officials were able to track her vehicle, a red Toyota bakkie, to a parking area at a Harmony garage in Virginia. According to the accused she was kidnapped by four armed men and forced into a Quantum kombi with another 17-year-old-girl. She said she had also been raped.
However, according to police spokesperson, Captain Stephen Thakeng, the police discobered the accusations were false after they had investigated the matter. “The husband drove to Port Elizabeth to fetch her and went with her to the Welkom Police Station. It was discovered that she had registered a false case in Port Elizabeth, and she was arrested for perjury,” said Thakeng in a statement. In addition, a warrant of arrest was issued against her in for a case of theft and fraud in Swartruggens, North West.
Cluster Commander of Welkom, Major-General Lerato Molale, stated that false reports would not be tolerated by police. “We want to send a clear cut message to people out there that reporting of false cases will not be tolerated as it results in fruitless expenditure of state resources and time that could have been utilised to assist people who are in dire need. We will ensure that those responsible face the might of the law,” said Molale.
“My appreciation to the investigation team under the leadership of Captain Hulme for their dedication and commitment in this case,” Molale added.
Bloemfontein Courant has the accused’s name but cannot disclose it before her appearance in court on 26 November 2018.