Inside SA's Rape Stats

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At least 6,083 people were murdered in South Africa between January and March 2022. This represents an increase of 22% or 1,107 more people murdered compared to the same period last year. Alarmingly, increases in reports of children and women being murdered have shot up by 37.2% and 70.5% respectively. And almost 11,000 rapes were reported. 

Minister of Police Bheki Cele presented the quarterly crime statistics on Friday, reflecting on reported crimes committed from 1 January to the end of March 2022. Alarmingly, it pointed to a sharp increase in the reported number of people – especially women and children – who were murdered and raped in South Africa. Overall there was an increase of 9.3% in reported crime. 

Tina Joemat-Pettersson, chairperson of Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Police in a virtual briefing on Friday morning said the 9.3% increase in the reported crime statistics was a “serious concern”.  

Leader of the Freedom Front Plus and portfolio committee member, Dr Pieter Groenewald called the statistics “quite disturbing”.  

“What is most disturbing to me Chair, is when we come to women and children, where for instance the murder of children [increased by] 37.2% and on women, 70.5%,” said Groenewald. 

At a media briefing later, Cele echoed these sentiments when he acknowledged that January, February and March were “especially brutal for women and children”. 

Between January and March 2021, there were 4,976 murders reported in South Africa. For the same period this year, that number increased to 6,083, an increase of 22.2%. Reported attempted murders also increased from 12,133 to 13,799. 

Source: Daily Maverick 

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