The KwaZulu-Natal Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Units of the SAPS has had hundreds of successes against alleged rapists, murderers, kidnappers and perpetrators of other serious and violent crimes in just a single month.

SAPS regional police spokesperson Colonel Thembeka Mbele said that the unit had effected more than two hundred arrests and just over 300 convictions for serious and violent crimes during the month of June. She said that for the period 1 June to 30 June 2021, police detectives from KwaZulu-Natal FCS Units had arrested 239 suspects for crimes such as statutory rape, kidnapping, abduction, rape, attempted murder, assault with the intent to inflict grievous bodily harm, child neglect and indecent exposure.

The suspects appeared in various courts within the province. 

“Detectives managed to secure 301 convictions and the accused were sentenced to various terms of imprisonment. More cases are pending in court and we are positive the suspects will be receiving sentences that will serve a lesson to other criminals,” Mbele said.

“People who break the law should be removed from society and law enforcement will continue to achieve such positive results if more victims come forward. The victims in these cases should be applauded for being resilient and not letting the perpetrators to control or silence them,” she said.

Meanwhile, Minister of Police Bheki Cele recently released the fourth quarter2020/21 financial year crime statistics which showed that there was a decline in the number of sexual offences committed nationally for the periodn.

According to the latest police data 9518 people were raped between January and March 2021, representing a decrease of 387 cases or an almost 4% drop compared to the previous quarter.

Cele said the sexual violence meted out against women was “shameful” while men and children were also not spared from the crime.

The police data showed that Gauteng had the most reported sexual assaults and rapes for the period with 477 sexual assault cases reported, while the Western Cape followed with 433 cases.

In Gauteng there were 2031 rape cases reported to the police, 60 attempted sexual assault cases and 57 contact sexual offences cases reported. 

Cele said that a sample of 6 893 of the rape incidents had revealed that 4 130 of such incidents took place at the home of the victim or the home of the alleged rapist.

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Presh JM Reporter

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