In South Africa, sex crimes decreased by 9.0% between October and December 2021, according to the latest quarterly crime statistics, but despite this, more than 11,000 people were still raped during this period.
Police Minister Bheki Cele revealed this on Friday in Cape Town during the release of the quarterly crime statistics for the last three months of 2021.
Crime Statistics: Rape Cases
Cele said that despite the decline in sex crimes for the quarter, 11,315 people were raped between October and December.
“This is a decrease of 903 rape cases, compared to the previous reporting period and all nine provinces registered decreases in rape cases,” the minister said.
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He said more than 5,012 of the rape incidents took place at the victim’s home or the rapist’s home.
“674 rapes were related to domestic violence and 632 of the rape cases in this category were female victims and 42 were male,” Cele said.
Most of the rape cases reported to the police involved victims who knew their perpetrators. The Western Cape registered 155 rape cases, Gauteng 133, Eastern Cape 102 and KwaZulu-Natal 68.
In terms of police stations reporting the highest rates of rape cases, Lusikisiki Police Station in the Eastern Cape and Umlazi and Inanda stations in KwaZulu-Natal recorded the highest rape cases.
Cele said the South African Police (SAPS) public awareness campaigns about gender-based violence (GBV) and the publication of rape convictions have, among other things, contributed to the decline in sex crimes.
“This includes outreach meetings with Saps and communities. The agency has also stepped up its communication and awareness-raising about GBV crimes through print, television and radio media,” Cele said.
Gender-Based Violence and Femicide
Cele assured the public that cases of GBV and femicide (GBVF) remained a priority for the Saps.
He called on police officers to continue to improve their response and service to GBVF victims and survivors at the station level.
The minister said 91,489 police officers were trained in victim empowerment, domestic violence and sex crime programs in the fight against the scourge of GBVF in the country.
“Through our 185 Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offenses Units, including nine Serial Electric Crime Investigation Units (SECI), detectives focus their efforts and expertise solely on investigating crimes against women and children.
“The FCS has handed down 272 life sentences since April for crimes against women and children,” he said.