A Welkom woman was arrested for perjury, theft and fraud after she allegedly lied about getting 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 dropped her child off at school and never returned, and reported her missing to police. Officials were able to track her vehicle, a red Toyota bakkie, to a parking area at 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 and raped.
However, according to police spokesperson Captain Stephen Thakeng, after an investigation police discovered that the accusations were false. “The husband drove to Port Elizabeth to fetch her and went with her to Welkom Police Station where she was arrested for perjury after it was discovered she registered a false case in Port Elizabeth,” said Thakeng in a statement. In addition, a warrant of arrest was issued against her 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 utilized to assist people who are in dire need. We will ensure that those responsible face the might of the law,” said Molale.
“My appreciations to investigation team under the leadership of Captain Hulme for their dedication and commitment in this case until the woman was brought to book, added Molale.
Bloemfontein Courant has the name of the accused but cannot disclose it before she appears in court on 26 November 2018.