Minister of Police Bheki Cele has revealed the crime statistics for the first quarter of 2021/2022 financial year. The statistics revealed that between April and June 2021, 10 006 people were raped. This works out to an alarming 109.9 people being raped per day.
The Minister has said that while the statistics have shown a 72% increase compared to the previous statistics, this is data is heavily skewed as it does not take into account the impact of lockdowns. The number drops to a 2.8% increase if compared to the normal period before Lockdown.
A sample of 5439 rape cases were studied and it was revealed that 3 766 rape cases, just below 70%, took place either at the home of the victim or the home of the perpetrator. The police stations with the highest number of reported cases of rape were the Inanda police station in Kwa-Zulu Natal, the Delft police station in the Western Cape and the Lusikisiki police station in the Eastern Cape.
Cele also announced that there was a 47.1% increase in sexual offences, but saying this figure is revised to 5% when compared to the previous normal period of 2019/2020 financial year”
“76 936 cases of common assault and assault GBH (with grievous bodily harm) were opened with the police in the three months of reporting. Over 15 thousand of the cases were Domestic Violence related, meaning the victim and perpetrator have a relationship. The top three areas of occurrence of these assaults are at the home of the victim or perpetrator, public places and liquor outlets” added Cele
The government has also condemned the brutal murder of women during Women’s Month.
Pheliswa Sawutana was strangled to death in Kosovo informal settlement in Cape Town. Palesa Maruping's body was found in her home Khuma Location near Stilfontein, North West. Nosicelo Mtebeni, a student at the University of Fort Hare, whose dismembered body was found in a suitcase in Quigney, East London. These are just the cases that are known to the media.
“This has been a dark and brutal Women’s Month, marred by the brutal violence against women. Whilst we continue our efforts to defeat the COVID-19 pandemic, GBVF is rearing its abominable head as the second pandemic that is destroying the fabric of our society,” added GCIS Director-General Phumla Williams.
Parliament is looking at legislation that would tighten cases related to domestic violence. The legislation would look to deny offenders of Gender Based Violence bail and sentence them to longer prison sentences.