Sipho Mabena
Premium Journalist
3 minute read
19 Feb 2021
5:20 pm

SA’s rape stats highlight the need for urgent action

Sipho Mabena

The increase of 6% in murders, and the fact that 136 rapes were recorded per day becomes even more concerning when one considers the under-reporting of sexual crimes.

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South Africa's stubbornly high rate of murder and rape has once again come under sharp focus, with crime statics for the period between October and December last year revealing that a staggering 4 124 people were murdered and 12 218 raped. Releasing the crime figures in Pretoria on Friday morning, police minister Bheki Cele said a total of 2 481 people were murdered in public places like on the street, open field, parking areas, and abandoned buildings, while 1 643 were murdered at their homes. "The statistics … expose some of the gaps that exist in policing certain crime categories....