Latest Crime Stats: South Africa is a war zone for women and children

Issued by Andrew Whitfield MP – DA Shadow Minister of Police
19 Aug 2022 in News

Please find attached soundbite by Andrew Whitfield MP.

The DA is horrified by the the latest crime statistics which reveal an increase in overall crime while violent crime remains at unacceptable levels with 9 516 cases of rape and 6 424 murders being reported.

What is most horrifying is that these crime statistics prove that South Africa has become a gruesome war zone for women and children who are raped, murdered and maimed on a daily basis. Every time a woman or a child is violently attacked we lose a part of our soul as a nation. It tears away at our delicate social fabric and exposes the failures of our state and our society in the most graphic and devastating way.

The shocking increases in violent crimes against women and children and the unacceptably low conviction rate highlights the crisis we are facing under the leadership of Police Minister Bheki Cele.

In the last quarter:

  • 855 women and 243 children were murdered (Increase of 53.2% and 46.4%, respectively);
  • 11 734 cases of assault with grievous bodily harm were reported against women, and 1 670 cases against children (Increase of 54.7% and 58.4%, respectively);
  • 282 reported cases of attempted murder against women and 61 cases against children (Increase of 31.4% and 27.5%, respectively

These figures, presented today in the middle of Women’s Month, are a painful reminder of the war being waged by violent criminals against women and children.

Despite promises from Minister Cele and President Ramaphosa to ramp up efforts against gender-based violence (GBV), this has failed horrendously, and women and children continue to suffer even more under Minister Cele’s watch. The DA remains extremely concerned at the slow progress in dealing with the DNA case exhibit backlog at our National Forensic Science Laboratories (NFSL) nearly three years after we exposed the backlog in Parliament. This lack of progress underscores the seriousness with which Minister Cele is treating violent crime.

The DA cannot stand by and watch as the women and children are being murdered and raped in their own homes. That is why yesterday, the DA-led City of Cape Town sent an official request to Minister Cele formally requesting the devolution of police powers to the City of Cape Town so that the South African Police Service (SAPS) can be more effective in conjunction with the City’s Law Enforcement Advancement Programme (LEAP) officers. SAPS is collapsing under the weight of its centralised bureaucracy of highly paid senior managers and the only way to save  SAPS from itself is to devolve some powers to provinces and cities.

The DA will continue to ramp up our pressure on President Ramaphosa to fire Minister Cele whose failures remain a threat to the safety and security of all South Africans.