While you’ll eagerly agree that rape in SA is fearfully alarming, abominable, repugnantly hateful and detestable, you probably, didn’t know that over 100 people are being raped in the country every day.
Recently, BuzzSouthAfrica reported that a 95-year-old woman was raped and strangled in her home at Uitenhage, Eastern Cape.
The barbaric incident happened few weeks after a group of five men gang-raped a 10-year-old boy.
Instances of cruel and detestable rape in SA abound, and, it’s disturbing the crimes do occur among those mandated to protect South Africans. Last month, a Montclair Warrant Officer was dragged to court for raping a teenager.
Now, you’re wrong to think the crime revolve around humans alone. It has been extended to animals and dogs, donkey, cows, sheep, camels, pigs and even birds are being raped.
Once upon a time, a 21-year-old man was dragged to court after he was caught raping a goose. Yes, goose!
Likewise, while some three SA boys faced criminal charges of animal cruelty for gang-raping a dog in Hebron, north of Pretoria; the National Council of SPCAs (NSPCA) offered a reward of R5,000 to anyone who can provide information that will aid the arrest of a man who filmed himself raping a dog.
Like I said, rape in SA is fearfully alarming.
Now, it has emerged that 111 people are being raped in the country every day. That, was revealed at the Police Portfolio Committee crime stats briefing in Parliament.
As exposed, between April and December 2016, 30,069 cases of rape were reported. The figure shows that sexual offences reduced by over 2,500 cases in the period under review.
The previous figure was 32,161. Although the figure reflects a decrease from the previous record, it approximately indicated that 111 rape cases are being reported each day.
It was also revealed that there were 4,815 cases of sexual assault within the time under review. That, amounts to a decrease of only two cases from the previous record.
While rape reduced in all the provinces, Northern Cape experienced the hugest decrease. Rape in the province reduced by more than 14 percent.
Gauteng remains the province with the highest number of rape cases irrespective of the 0.7 percent decline it experienced. Over 5,900 rapes happened in the province within the time under review.