PARLIAMENT - The latest crime statistics released by the SA Police Service (SAPS) in Parliament on Thursday revealed a slight decrease in the number of women killed, and a spike in the number of children murdered.
The crime statistics are for the period April 1 last year to March 31 this year, and even though fewer women were killed over the year, it would bring little comfort to South Africans after a spate of brutal murders made headlines in recent weeks, sparking mass protests across South Africa.
The number of women killed in 2018/19 stood at 2771 (down 2.9%), translating to seven women being murdered ever day. The number of reported sexual offences stood at 24,387 (down 3.8%). The number of women who were victims of attempted murder, assault with the intent to inflict grievous bodily harm and assault stood at 1,184 (down 11.8%), 7815 (down 3.3%), and 10,829 (down 3.7%), respectively.
Police Minister Bheki Cele told a media briefing that plans were underway to increase the number of family violence, child protection and sexual offences (FCS) units in the country and to bolster the number of officers, especially women detectives, to work in the units.
He added that it was currently one of the best performing units in the SAPS, securing 658 life sentences during the 2018/19 year for rape.