Xolani Mthembeni Kunene, a Detective at SAPS Brakpan in Gauteng, is facing serious allegations of assaulting his girlfriend on a daily basis without any provocation. Shockingly, photographic evidence has been provided showing the victim’s face and body covered in bruises and her damaged belongings, including her cellphone and other personal items.
The victim, whose identity has not been revealed, has reportedly tried to open a case against Kunene, but fears that she is not getting any assistance from the police. It is believed that Kunene wields enough authority in the police department to thwart the case and protect himself from prosecution.
It is particularly concerning that Kunene works under the Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences (FCS) unit, which is tasked with providing protection and support to survivors of gender-based violence (GBV). The fact that a person who is responsible for upholding the law and protecting vulnerable individuals is accused of committing such heinous acts of violence is deeply troubling.
The situation is causing immense distress among concerned members of the community who fear that justice will not be served in this case. The victim is reportedly suffering daily abuse at the hands of Kunene, and the lack of action by law enforcement is only exacerbating the situation.
It is imperative that the relevant authorities take immediate action to address these allegations and ensure that justice is served. Survivors of GBV should be able to seek protection and support without fear of retaliation or retribution. It is the duty of the police to uphold the law and protect all individuals, regardless of their position or authority. The fact that a police officer is accused of committing such violence is particularly egregious and must be addressed with urgency.