KZN police station named number one for rape

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Police Minister Bheki Cele when he was at the Plessislaer Police Station in Pietermaritzburg during this year.PHOTO:
Police Minister Bheki Cele when he was at the Plessislaer Police Station in Pietermaritzburg during this year.PHOTO:

Inanda Police Station in KwaZulu-Natal has been named as the police station with the highest number of rape cases in South Africa.

The police station is followed by Delft in the Western Cape and Lusikisiki in the Eastern Cape.

Police minister Bheki Cele revealed this as he unpacked the crime statistics for the first quarter of the 2021/22 financial year on Friday.

Meanwhile, Plessislaer Police Station in Pietermaritzburg was named as number two in the top 30 stations for murder.

The minister said they had noticed that the Lusikisiki Police Station and the Inanda Police Station were alternating as the hot spots for rape. He said previously Lusikisiki was the police station with the highest reported number of rape cases in South Africa.

Cele explained that the statistics were compared to figures from the same period two years ago. Cele said this was due to the obscured figures created by level 5 lockdown last year.

“The crime statistics are dismal if not looked at in context. The crime has increased even with the comparison to the previous years. We need to put in more effort,” said Cele.

He said there had been a 66,2 % increase in murders compared to a 6,7% increase in same period in 2019/2020.

“The 66,2% translates to 5 760 people killed between April 1 and June 30, 2021. Of these, 2531 people were murdered in public places, 1385 of the murders happened at homes and the 260 murders happened at liquor outlets” said Cele.

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