Sex offences rate still too high - Mthethwa

2012-09-20 17:34

Cape Town - The country's sexual offences rate had decreased but was still too high, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said on Thursday.

The latest crime statistics show the sexual offences ratio was down by 3.7%.

"The decrease should be understood in perspective, that as government we still remain concerned about the conviction rate of criminals who commit such crimes," he said.

Rapes showed a decrease of 1.9%.

Mthethwa however conceded this was not necessarily good news, as it pointed to under-reporting by victims of sexual abuse.

"It is influenced by reporting behaviour; if victims trust the police, then you will get more reporting."

The minister said the re-instatement of the Family violence, Child protection and Sexual offences (FCS) units two years ago has yielded positive results.

The unit had helped secure 175 life sentences in cases where the victims were children.

"...The unit has secured convictions which resulted in a total of 10 345 years (behind bars) for those criminals."

One hundred and thirty-one offenders were given life sentences for targeting people over 18 years old.

"The important struggle we must continue to wage is to end violence against women; a critical part of the historic effort to change the power relations in our society."

Mthethwa said although the overall ratio of crimes against women and children were down, there was a disturbing trend emerging.

"We are now seeing a trend where young children are now being targeted and abused."

The minister said this was something police were working hard to reverse.

  • kim.buren - 2012-09-20 17:52

    That is because the sentencing is pathetic. Send them to an island to defend for themselves

      Martin522 - 2012-09-20 17:56

      If things bother them, it should be cut off, then it wont bother anymore.

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-09-20 18:03

      Stop playing games with stats - tell us how many children were raped, women, old ladies and even men. The prosecution rate is pathetic compared to the number of cases.

      Jellyarse - 2012-09-20 18:08

      56000 rapes = 153 per day. A 1.9% reduction reduces that to only 150 a day. Wow, well done SAP or is it just another case of lost dockets and the Justic systems inability to process the cases? Either way, be ashamed of yourself and your people!

  • max.reynecke - 2012-09-20 18:37

    Aagh Mthethwa, just come out ans say it....not even you believe the lies as stated in the report.

  • Harold Chisimba - 2012-09-20 18:56

    Too much horny dudes?

  • dave.nutter.75 - 2012-09-20 19:13

    And all the parties rejoice that the stats are down. What a complete joke!! Look at other counties that have the same population figures as we have, and what you will see is that we are at war. The ANC is a joke. So long as they are safe, they could not give a damn

      irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-09-20 19:21

      Worse still, is that the corrupt pieces of filth think we're stupid enough to believe their lies.

  • flyswat - 2012-09-20 19:26

    And what would be an acceptable level of sex offences if it is "still too high"????

  • Harold Chisimba - 2012-09-20 19:52

    It will decrease to 98.9% by next year,if every rapist caught, looses his grotesque thing by cutting becoz most of them offend repeatedly after being rele

      flyswat - 2012-09-20 20:11

      Harold, I'm with you. Bring the scalpal, i'll bring the cable ties :D

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