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CAPE TOWN: UPBEAT POLICE MINISTER RELEASES LATEST CRIME STATISTICS
2022/02/22      |  Written By:  Mr M Ngxukumeshe   |   Province:  Western Cape

Police Minister Gen Bheki Cele has expressed confidence that the police have ace on their sleeves to turn the tide against crime as areas of improvement in policing have been identified and some were already off-ground.

Speaking during the release of crime statistics for the 3rd quarter of 2021 and 2022 at Imbizo Media Centre in Parliament on Friday 18 February 21, 2022 the crime figures show that sexual offences has significantly dropped by 9% whilst feeling concern about the murder spike.

 He said murder rate in SA jumps by 8,9 % as 6 859 people were killed in South Africa in the third quarter of 2021 and 2022 financial year during October and December. In addition, he said some of these were as a result of multiple murders.

 

He also pointed that as the country’s lockdown regulations were gradually loosened up the criminal behavior and crime trends have been changing significantly.

Between the months of October to December in the third quarter 11,315 women were raped in three months period.  The statistics also shows that over 120 women were raped each day in South Africa and more than 5 women raped every hour.

He said Lusikisiki police station in the Eastern Cape and iNanda police station in KwaZulu Natal have recorded high number of cases.  Lusikisiki has reported 92 cases of rape whilst INanda has recorded 85 rape cases.

The quarterly crime stats points to a decrease of 903 rape cases, compared to the previous reporting period.

This reflection also gives a decline of rape cases in all nine provinces with 5 012 of the incidents took place at the home of the victim, or the home of the rapist.

A total of 674 rapes were domestic violence related and 632 of rape cases in this category were directed to female and 42 were male victims.

Cele said the police have put GBV and Femicide cases high on their agenda.  Among other things was to set up GBV Desks countrywide and the police have trained 91 800 police officers who will dedicate their time to these cases.

At the same time detectives have been sharpened in training courses aim to solely attend to crimes committed against women and children.

He also praised the sentencing of Oupa Morgarn who was slapped with 11 life terms on rape charges.

The statistics have also shown that many incidents of rape occurred behind the scenes and they happen among the people who knows each  other. In some instances the matter would be kept a secret with no one breaking the silence.

Cele further welcomed the three pieces of legislation that has been passed in Parliament aimed to protect women and children. He said those legislation would serve as a deterrent and would ensure to strengthen against the acts of domestic violence.  

On the issue of property crime, Cele said there was good news for those who owned properties as the property crime has dropped drastically during this period    

 “Without having a partnership with members of the community, we will never win a battle against crime, we need all South Africans to come on board especially men.

“I heard over the weekend in Khayelitsha there was a Men’s Conference which was taking place I applaud such initiatives which members of the community embark on.”

“But I must also be hasten to caution members of the community who take the law into their hands to cease in doing that, instead when engaging with suspect they should partner and involve police or make citizen’s arrest as well as making sure they hand over the suspect to the police,”Cele said.

 He said he was bothered that crime statistics has shown an increase in arson cases and he believed its matter that has to be arrested.

Cele was flanked by Police National Commissioner Lt Gen Khehla Sithole, Lt Gen Gen Godfrey Lebeya who is the head of Hawks, Lt Gen Masemola of Visible Policing and Maj Gen Sekhukhune  in Police Statistics.  

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From left to right Maj Gen Sekhukhune for Statistics, Lt Gen Godfrey Lebeya, Police Minster Gen Bheki Cele and National Police Commissioner Lt Gen Khehla Sithole