Rouge Opens Up On Being Harassed By Police Officers

“The officer then also asked why I wasn't wearing long pants and driving alone late at night. But he wasn't speaking out of humour and had more on an off-ish note.”

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It’s very interesting to hear Rogue be so open about her life encounters and her daily struggles.

The rapper opened up quite a bit about her life and how not being able to speak any vernacular has affected her. She also spoke of how being pretty and single has affected her. It’s alarming that she had to go through ill-treatment in the hands of a police officer.

Rogue reflected how she felt humiliated and disappointed when a Metro police officer allegedly made an inappropriate comment about the way she was dressed at a roadblock in Fourways, Johannesburg, on Sunday.

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“It was around midnight that I approached the roadblock. An officer stopped me and asked for my driver’s licence, which I gave him. Just as he was about to return my licence, he flashed his flashlight on my thighs because he could see I was wearing shorts,” Rouge told the media.

“He then asked why I wasn’t wearing long pants, considering I was driving alone late at night. Although he was being humorous, I still felt very uncomfortable about it.”

Imagine that a person who’s supposed to protect you but instead the person will be lusting on you.  Rouge said this was not the first time she had experienced inappropriate behaviour from a police officer. Earlier this year she had a similar experience in Tshwane, she said.

“The officer then also asked why I wasn’t wearing long pants and driving alone late at night. But he wasn’t speaking out of humour and had more on an off-ish note.”

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Rouge said she was fed up with police officers treating her and other women in SA in this manner.

When asked what motorists should do when faced with a situation such as hers, Johannesburg Metro Police senior superintendent Wayne Minnaar said: “She must report the incident immediately. That’s total misconduct by the officer. She must contact 0800 203 713 on the JMPD internal affairs hotline. She doesn’t need anything. She must just give them where the roadblock was and the time, and they’ll investigate.”

She also took it to social to talk about this awful experience.

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