AS IT HAPPENED: Crime Stats - About 110 people raped in SA every day

2017-03-03 12:30

During the Police Portfolio Committee crime stats briefing in Parliament, it was revealed that between April and December 2016, 30 069 cases of rape were reported. While down from the previous period, it amounts to approximately 110 reported cases of rape per day.

Acting police commissioner General Khomotso Phahla

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03 Mar 12:38

Crime stats: SA's murder and rape situation unpacked 

While there was a marginal decrease of murders in the country, some provinces still experienced an increase, according to crime statistics.

Police on Friday presented official crime statistics spanning from April 1 to December 2016 to the police committee in Parliament, where they painted a picture of a country winning the fight against crime.

According to the statistics, 14 333 cases of murder were reported in the time period, a decrease of 10 in comparison to the previous trimester.

In the first quarter, there was a 0.6% increase in murder compared to the previous year, and a 1.9% increase in the second quarter. 

It went down by 2.3% in the third quarter, resulting in a 0.1% overall decrease for the nine months.

While murder had decreased in the Northern Cape, Limpopo, the Free State, Eastern Cape And North West, it remained a problem in the Western Cape where there was a 0.7% increase. 

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The chair of the Police Portfolio Committee wraps up the crime stats briefing, recognising the SAPS for their "thankless" efforts. Meeting adjourned. 

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Sexual offences 

Sexual offences decreased by more than 2 500 cases in the period under review. Between April 2016 and the end of December, 30 069 cases of rape were reported, down from 32 161 in the previous year.

There were 4 815 cases of sexual assault in the year under the spotlight, a decrease of only two cases from the previous year.

Rape decreased in all the provinces in the time under review, with the Northern Cape reporting the highest decrease of more than 14%.

While rape decreased by 0.7% in Gauteng, the province remained the highest contributor to this contact crime with more than 5 900 rapes reported in the nine months.


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Phahlane: We will not be celebrating the decrease in contact crimes, but we're arresting the situation. 

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Minister of Police Nathi Nhleko currently addressing questions by members of the portfolio committee. Nhleko says however minimal, there is a decreasing trend in the crime statistics that should be noted. Also touches on issue of firearms and amnesty of illegal firearms, but says that will be addressed in detail at a later stage. 

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