Between October and December 2022, South Africa recorded an alarming 5 935 rape incidents, says Police Minister Bheki Cele.
Releasing the 2022/23 third quarter crime statistics, the Minister said the reported rape cases took place at the residence of the perpetrator/victim, including residences known by victims/ perpetrators. These were family, friends and neighbours.
In the same period, he said 4 992 suspects were arrested for gender-based violence and femicide (GBVF) and related crimes. In the three months, sexual offences increased by 9.6%.
All Sexual Offences decreased by 25.4%
Over the three months, 71 accused were handed down 89 life sentences for sexual related crimes.
Above this, 219 accused were sentenced between one to nine years imprisonment, culminating to a total of 1079 years behind bars.
A further 143 accused were sentenced between ten to 19 years imprisonment, which was a combined sentence of 2 063 years’ imprisonment.
Another 67 accused were collectively sentenced to 20 years and more for GBVF related crimes.
The Minister welcomed the sentencing of the killer of the eight-year-old Tazne Van Wyk, who was this week convicted to nine life sentences and 259 and half years behind bars, for the gruesome murder and rape of the young girl.
Read more here: https://www.sanews.gov.za/south-africa/5-935-rapes-recorded-over-october-december-crime-statistics-reveal