Inanda, north of Durban is still the country’s rape capital, the quarterly police crime statistics released on Friday revealed. It is the fourth consecutive year that Inanda recorded the most number of rape cases.
The statistics, which cover October 2020 to December 2020, showed that Inanda recorded 85 rape cases in the last quarter compared to 83 in the previous quarter.
Lusikisiki in the Eastern Cape recorder the second most rape cases with 71 cases recorded. Police Minister, Bheki Cele said there was an overall 5% increase that had been recorded for sexual offences detected as a result of police action.
In total, 12 218 people were raped between October and December last year. This is an increase of 181 cases, 1.5% increase to the previous reporting period. Most of these incidents happened at the victims own house of at the home of the rapist.
570 of the recorded rape cases were domestic violence related involving female victims and 23 were male victims. Following media reports last year of a shortage of rape kits, Cele said this was not the case.
“Allow me to take this opportunity to assure the nation that there is no shortage of evidence collection kits, also known as Rape Kits in all police stations across the country. A three -year contract entered into with a supplier in 2019 to provide these essential kits, is still in place. The availability of the ’rape kits’ at all provinces is confirmed on a weekly basis and replenishment is done as per the stations request.
“So the statement by the EFF calling for my head due to what it terms a shortage of rape kits in 76% of police stations since July 2020, is false and downright misleading. Trying to score cheap political points, using the painful ordeal of thousands of rape victims and survivors, is just disgusting, to say the least,” he said.
The provinces that recorded increases in rape was Gauteng with 111 more cases followed by Limpopo with 109, Western Cape with 106 and Mpumalanga 59 and the North West 19.
Of the top 30 stations for rape, 10 were in Gauteng.