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Crime stats: More than 10 000 people RAPED between April and June 2021

The Quarter 1 Crime Stats for 2021/2022 also revealed something very interesting about where these incidents of rape are actually taking place.

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Police Minister Bheki Cele released the Quarter 1 crime stats for 2021/2022 on Friday 20 August and amid statistics on murder and farm attacks, he announced that there had been more than 10 000 cases of rape reported between April and June this year. 

Sadly, this is an increase from the previous reporting period. 


According to Cele, 10 006 people were raped between April and June 2021. This is an increase of 4 201 cases, amounting to a 72.4% increase, compared to the skewed previous reporting period. 

“This number drops drastically to 2.8% if [the] comparison was made to the normal period prior to lockdown,” he said. 

A sample of 5 439 rape cases also revealed that 3 766 of the rape incidents took place at the home of the victim or the home of the rapist. A total of 487 rape cases were domestic violence-related.

The Inanda police station in Kwa-Zulu Natal, Delft in the Western Cape and the Eastern Cape’s Lusikisiki police stations recorded the highest incidents of rape.

“The 47.1% increase is recorded for Sexual offences when compared to the previous skewed reporting period, this figure is revised to 5.0% if compared to the previous normal period of 2019/2020 financial year,” added Cele. 

Between April 2021 to the end of June 2021, 5 760 people were killed in South Africa.


Apart from the crime stats that were released on Friday, a 33-year-old woman from Thembalethu near George in the Western Cape had to be hospitalised after her 38-year-old partner allegedly attacked her in their home on Monday 16 August 2021. The man has since been arrested.  

A preliminary investigation revealed that the couple had an argument at their residence in Thembalethu on 16 August 2021 in the early evening. 

“The suspect allegedly accused her of having an affair whereafter he started to assault her. He left the house to have drinks elsewhere and returned at about 21:30. He then continued to assault her by hitting her with a hammer against her head and also hit her with different objects,” said Pojie. 

It is also understood that the woman was raped.