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Posted by on Jun 28, 2010 in Business, Computing, South Africa | 6 comments

Woman Arrest Law in SA: CRM:00120469 = Email Hoax

BlaBla Edit: As noted by Matt and myself in the comments below this post, this email message is a hoax, designed to spread misinformation, sow confusion, and generally just be a pain in the proverbial. Please DO NOT fall for it, and DO NOT continue to spread it to your friends and family. Read the statements made by the SAPS in the articles and inform the people who sent this message to you in the first place of the real status of South Africa’s arrest laws.

Send them a link to this page to check for themselves if they don’t believe you!

Read:, Media.CoZA,, ScamStop and Snopes.

Help stop the spread of these time wasting messages by spreading the news of their hoax status as far ans wide as you spread the original message!

After a woman was raped by a policeman in Rustenburg whilst in their custody, I feel it is appropriate to post this here.


An incident took place – a young girl was attacked by a man posing as a plain clothes officer; he asked her to come to the police station when she & her male friend didn’t have a driver’s license to show. He sent the male friend off to get his license and asked the girl to accompany him to the police station. Instead he took her to an isolated area where the rape was committed.

The law [which most of us are not aware of] clearly states that between 6 pm and 6 am, a woman has the right to REFUSE to go to the Police Station, even if an arrest warrant has been issued against her.

It is procedural that a woman can only be arrested between 6am and 6pm, unless she is arrested by a woman officer and taken to an ALL WOMEN police station. If she is arrested by a male officer, it has to be proven that a woman officer was on duty at the time of arrest.

Please would you send this to the girls/women you know. Guys, protect your wives, sisters and mothers by knowing this law. It is vital for us to know our rights.


  1. Not seeing your comments right now, but am pretty sure we've had a similar email do the rounds here in the UK a couple if years back as well. Silly hoaxers – can't understand why they do it in the first place.

  2. I send my mails through Snopes before I attach my name. Isn't this normal, don't adults do that?

    • I’m sorry I posted this. I normally don’t even read mails if they are forwarded. This one was not a forwarded message and came to me from a person who is generally very savvy and wise.
      I guess I was caught by the hoax 🙁

  3. Yup, I was also caught. Will definately check in the future to ascertain validity of message before forwarding.

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