Johannesburg - Seventy-six percent of police stations in South Africa do not have adult rape kits in stock, while a further 69 percent of stations do not have child rape kits in stock, the Democratic Alliance claimed on Sunday.
Without these kits, evidence in reported rape cases could not be collected, and without evidence the ability to successfully prosecute rapists diminished drastically, DA spokesman Andrew Whitfield said in a statement.
"It is wholly unacceptable and a damning indictment on the South African Police Service (SAPS) that only a handful of police stations are equipped to successfully gather evidence from victims of rape," he said.
The shortage of rape kits was a crisis of national importance which needed to be resolved as a matter of great urgency.
"These shocking statistics were revealed by the National Police Commissioner [Lt-Gen Khehla John Sithole] after a request for information submitted by the DA," Whitfield said.