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‘Shameful’: Nearly 10 000 people raped between January and March 2021

While delivering Q4 crime statistics, on Friday, Cele said sexual violence, including rape, meted against women in SA is simply shameful.

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Police Minister Bheki Cele delivered the fourth quarter SAPS crime statistics 2020/2021 on Friday 14 May and boy did it paint a grim picture. While there has been a decline in sexual offence cases, including rape, a number not far off from 10 000 doesn’t sound good either.

Keeping in mind that these statistics portray a picture from January to March 2021 – a mere three months. 


Let’s get straight to it, shall we? A staggering 9 518 people were raped between January and March this year. That’s nearly 10 000 people in the space of just three months. While it’s a high number, Cele says it is down from the same period last year.

“This is a decrease of 387 cases, amounting to an almost 4% decrease compared to the previous reporting period,” said Cele. 

What’s disturbing though, is that the majority of these cases took place at the house of the victim or the house of the alleged rapist. 

“A sample of 6 893 of the rape incidents revealed that 4 130 of such incidents took place at the home of the victim or the home of the alleged rapist,” said Cele. 

The Eastern Cape’s Lusikisiki police station recorded the highest incidents of rape, overtaking the Inanda station, which has sadly held the number one position for some years.

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While delivering the crime statistics, Cele said Gender-Based Violence (GBV) remains a priority crime for SAPS. He went on to say that the fight against the menace in the Eastern Cape Province was dealt a heavy blow last week.

“Four officers on their way back from conducting crime prevention duties and GBV awareness campaigns were killed in a head-on collision just outside Engcobo. Constables Lungelo Nogqala, Frank Lila, Buqaqawuli Nyembezi and Secretary Ntombikayise Landu were shining examples of BATHO PELE principles in the police service,” he said. 

Batho Pele means “people first”. 

“Let us honour these fallen members by eradicating secondary discrimination of victims of GBV and vow to protect, every women and children at their time of need. When it comes to GBV, there is no room for complacency. Those ‘Sleeping on the job’ – must get their act together or ship out,” he said. 

Cele urged Station commanders to act decisively against substandard service at their stations.

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