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‘Unacceptable’ spike in gender-based violence an…

“The speed at which ladies are abused, violated and a few killed in South Africa stays worrying and unacceptable; many are killed by the individuals they know, individuals they love and belief,” mentioned Bheki Cele, Minister of Police, at a briefing on the second quarterly crime statistics on Wednesday. 

The statistics cowl the second quarter of 2022/23 — between 1 July and 30 September. Cele famous that the figures have been as compared with the same period in 2021 when South Africa was nonetheless underneath Covid-19 lockdown ranges 2, 3 and 4. 

Between July and September 2022, there have been 7,004 murders, a rise of 841 incidents from the identical interval in 2021, in accordance with the Police Recorded Crime Statistics report for the second quarter of 2022/23. This marks a rise of 13.6%. 

KwaZulu-Natal recorded essentially the most variety of murders with 1,857 individuals killed within the province. This was adopted by Gauteng with 1,579 murders, and the Japanese Cape with 1,313 murders. 

Inanda and uMlazi police stations in KwaZulu-Natal, and Nyanga police station within the Western Cape recorded essentially the most homicide instances throughout this era. A complete of 274 instances of homicide have been reported at these three stations.

Tens of 1000’s protest outdoors Parliament in opposition to gender-based violence in September 2019. (Picture: EPA-EFE / Nic Bothma) (Picture: EPA-EFE/NIC BOTHMA)

In a pattern dimension of 6,342 counts of homicide, the most typical trigger was arguments, misunderstandings, highway rage and provocation, inflicting 956 murders. This was adopted by vigilantism or mob justice, inflicting 528 murders, and theft, inflicting 362 murders. 

Between July and September 2021, 897 ladies have been murdered in South Africa. For a similar interval this 12 months, that quantity elevated to 989, a rise of 10.3%. 

Moreover, Cele mentioned greater than 1,200 ladies have been victims of tried homicide between July and September 2022. Tried homicide of girls went up from 1,155 to 1,277 – a rise of 10.6%.

Alarmingly, 13,701 ladies have been victims of assault with intent to trigger grievous bodily hurt between July and September 2022, a rise of 1,877 incidents from the identical interval in 2021. This marks a rise of 15.9%. 

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Protesters put on face masks to guard themselves in opposition to the coronavirus at a gender-based violence protest outdoors Parliament on 30 June 2020 in Cape City. (Picture: Gallo Photos / Nardus Engelbrecht)

Sexual violence

Between July and September 2022, 10,590 rape instances have been reported throughout the nation. Over the identical interval final 12 months, 9,556 rape instances have been reported. This marks a rise of 10.8%. 

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

“1,651 of the rape incidents occurred at public locations corresponding to streets, parks and seashores, [and] 69 individuals have been raped at deserted buildings.”

Mpumalanga was the one province which noticed a lower in reported rape instances. 

The highest 10 police stations with essentially the most reported rape instances have been:

  • Inanda in KwaZulu-Natal;
  • Mthatha within the Japanese Cape;
  • Delft within the Western Cape;
  • Lusikisiki within the Japanese Cape
  • Thohoyandou in Limpopo;
  • Harare within the Western Cape;
  • Plessislaer in KwaZulu-Natal;
  • uMlazi in KwaZulu-Natal;
  • Kraaifontein within the Western Cape; and
  • Tsakane in Gauteng.

1,895 instances of sexual assault have been reported to police between July and September this 12 months. This is a rise of 142 reported instances (8.1%) in comparison with the identical interval final 12 months, which was 1,753. 

Cele emphasised that gender-based violence and femicide (GBVF) stay precedence crimes for the SAPS.


“The crime statistics once more present that we as communities proceed to fail to guard a few of the most weak in society; our youngsters,” mentioned Cele. 

Kidnapping has seen a rise through the 2022/23 second quarter, with 4,028 kidnappings happening in comparison with 2,000 reported in the identical interval the earlier 12 months. This marks a rise of two,028 instances (101.4%).

Gauteng recorded essentially the most kidnappings with an alarming 2,104 incidents between July and September 2022. DM


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