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Minister Bheki Cele presented the recent crime stats which showed a decrease in rape cases. PHOTO: GCIS

Rape cases occurred in public transport, beaches in the last quarter

While some rape cases happen behind closed doors, incidents have happened on taxis, buses, parks and on the beach.

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Minister Bheki Cele presented the recent crime stats which showed a decrease in rape cases. PHOTO: GCIS

The first quarter of the 2022/2023 financial year shows a decrease in sexual offences including rape, but nearly 10 000 rape cases have been reported between April and June.

RAPE REMAINS A PROBLEM DESPITE DECLINE

While rape cases have declined by 500 compared to the same period last year, 9 516 rape cases have been opened by the South African Police Service between April and June.

The North West and Northern Cape are the only two provinces that have reported an increase in this crime category, said Police Minister Bheki Cele.

But a large portion of these cases happened behind closed doors. 3 780 of the reported rape cases took place at either the home of the rapist or the victims, said Cele.

“1 546 people were raped in public places such as streets, parks and beaches.”

Minister Bheki Cele

The third most likely place of rape cases is in public transportation such as buses, taxis and trains.

“It is on this score that SAPS will continue to prioritise gender-based violence (GBV) related crimes,” said Cele.

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NEARLY 300 CONVICTIONS IN THE SAME QUARTER

Since the majority of cases happen behind closed doors, making it difficult for police to investigate, there has been some success in convictions.

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A pastor, Lucky Mfanivele Magagula, 36, was sentenced to two life terms for rape, exposing children to pornography, sexual assault, exposing his genitals to children and sexually grooming six minor children, aged between 3 and 9 years. PHOTO: National Prosecuting Authority

286 rapists were convicted through the work of the Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences (FCS) unit, said Cele.

46 of those were sentenced to life imprisonment, he said.

But there are also serial rapists who were stopped in their tracks and convicted to ensure that these “heartless rapists never rape again”, said Cele.

16 offenders involved in 65 serial sexual offence cases were finalised and convicted.

“They will be serving a total of 20 life and 886 years imprisonment.”

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DNA BACKLOG ON CASES PRIORITISED

With a backlog in DNA results when it comes to rape cases, Cele said they have prioritised this.

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) and the SAPS’ Forensic Science Laboratories continue to focus on prioritising this for court-ready cases where there are outstanding forensic reports.

“A total of 12 283 cases of rape and murder were prioritized as per requests and responded to, from August 2021 to July 2022.”

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