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Crime stats: Excessive ranges of ladies abuse and murders are worrying – Police Minister Bheki Cele

Bheki Cele with Cassel Mathale on the presentation of the crime statistics on Wednesday.

Gallo Photographs/Alet Pretorius

  • Police Minister Bheki Cele is nervous concerning the excessive ranges of gender-based violence within the nation.
  • Statistics present that greater than 13 000 ladies had been victims of assault with intent to trigger grievous bodily hurt between July and September 2022.
  • Greater than 10 000 rape circumstances had been opened in the identical interval.

Police Minister Bheki Cele on Wednesday afternoon mentioned the excessive ranges of abuse and homicide of ladies had been worrying and unacceptable.

Cele offered the quarterly crime statistics, recording the crimes reported to the South African Police Service (SAPS) from 1 July to 30 September 2022.

He mentioned {that a} double-digit share improve was recorded over the three-month interval for homicide, tried homicide, and assault with intent to trigger grievous bodily hurt (GBH) in opposition to ladies.

He introduced that greater than 13 000 ladies had been victims of assault with intent to trigger grievous bodily hurt, 1 277 ladies had been victims of tried homicide, and 989 ladies had been murdered between July and September.

Cele mentioned greater than 10 000 rape circumstances had been opened at SAPS throughout the identical interval. 

“From a pattern of 8 227 rape incidents perused, it was decided that 5 083, which is 62% of those incidents, occurred on the residence of the victims or perpetrators.”

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He mentioned 1 651 rapes occurred at public locations equivalent to streets, parks, and seashores, whereas 69 individuals had been raped at deserted buildings, and 83 individuals had been raped at academic amenities, together with faculties and tertiary establishments. He famous that not all the 83 rapes concerned pupils or college students, and that a few of them occurred at evening or over weekends when faculties and tertiary establishments weren’t open.

Mpumalanga was the one province that recorded a lower in rape incidents. Inanda in KwaZulu-Natal, Mthatha within the Jap Cape, and Delft within the Western Cape had been the police stations that had essentially the most rape circumstances reported.

Main Normal Thulare Sekhukhune mentioned contact crimes had elevated by 18.5%, whereas contact-related crimes decreased by 4.9%, and property-related crimes decreased by 7.4%.

Sekhukhune added that industrial crimes elevated by 19.9%, different severe crimes elevated by 19.6%, and community-reported severe crimes elevated by 14.8%.

Violence in opposition to youngsters

Cele conceded that the federal government failed to guard the weak in society – youngsters.

From April to the top of September, 558 youngsters had been killed within the nation.

He mentioned police had been investigating the tried homicide of 294 youngsters from July to September 2022, whereas there had been 1 895 reported circumstances of assault with the intent to commit GBH in opposition to youngsters. 

Cele mentioned 7 004 individuals had been killed within the nation within the second quarter of 2022/2023.

“This is a rise of 841 extra individuals murdered, in comparison with the identical interval in 2021, when the nation was positioned underneath Covid-19 lockdown ranges 4, 3 and a couple of.”  

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He mentioned kidnappings had doubled nationally, with greater than 4 000 counts reported to the police.

Cele mentioned the July to September months noticed a document variety of assault circumstances reported to the police in 5 years.

He mentioned police throughout the nation investigated a complete of 85 640 assault with intent to commit GBH and customary assault circumstances prior to now three months.

In response to Cele, arguments, highway rage, provocation, misunderstandings, retaliation, revenge, and punishment, had been the highest motives for these assaults.

The statistics revealed that 22 law enforcement officials had been killed from July to September 2022 – whereas 20 officers had been killed in the identical reporting interval final yr. 

Cele mentioned:

It’s on this notice that this ministry won’t ever cease calling on SAPS members to defend themselves always from ruthless criminals each time they’re underneath assault.


In response to the statistics, greater than 6 000 car hijackings had been reported to the police from July to September 2022.

A complete of 356 automobiles had been reported hijacked in Nyanga, Harare, and Phillipe East, all within the Western Cape.

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