Crime stats: Reported rape drops, levels ‘still concerning’

The number of reported sexual offences decreased by 0.4% during the 2012/2013 financial year, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa has said.

Speaking at the release of the annual crime statistics in Pretoria, he said the number of reported rapes had decreased by 0.4% over the past financial year.

“Nonetheless, we want to reiterate the point that we are still unhappy and concerned about the levels of rape in the country,” he said.

“Protection of communities is now central to our strategies that are aimed at reducing incidences of gender-based violence.”

The number of reported incidents of sexual assault decreased by 6.2% over the same period, after increasing during the preceding three years.

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