Woman held for lying about rape
An 18-year-old Hillcrest woman who claimed she had been raped by her father has been arrested and charged with perjury after police found she had fabricated the story.
Police spokesman Captain Thulani Zwane said the young woman had opened a case of rape at the Hillcrest police station on Monday, claiming that her 50-year-old father had been raping her since 2007.
After an extensive investigation, police found loopholes in the woman's story and the story began to unravel.
On Tuesday, the woman admitted that she had fabricated the whole story, saying she lied.
"She said her father was strict and he wouldn't allow her to do anything," said Zwane.
She was arrested and charged with perjury. She appeared in the Pinetown Magistrate's Court on Wednesday and her case was postponed to March 5. She was remanded in custody.
Zwane issued a strong warning to people who lied to police and opened false claims, saying they would face the full might of the law.
"People who make false claims waste police time and resources.
"Once they have been arrested they will face the consequences of their action," he warned.