Police stats 2017/18: increase in murder rates & sexual offences

13 September 2018

The increase in the murder rate of womxn and children, including the increase in sexual offences in the 2017/18 financial year as announced by the South African Police Service (SAPS), is proof that South Africa is in a crisis and our safety is not guaranteed.

While the overall murder rate among the above groups contributes 20% of the national rate, we must note the 11% increase in the murders of womxn, 10.9% increase in the murder of girls and the 20.4% increase in the murder of boys, this demands outrage.

It’s also disappointing that the SAPS doesn’t provide specific statistics on violence against transgender women, gender non-conforming (GNC) persons, and the broader LGBTIQA+ community.

We note especially that, for the last three years, several police stations failed to fully comply with the Domestic Violence Act, and many officers implicated in domestic violence only received warnings. Even Police Minister Bheki Cele admits that the police have dropped the ball.

#TheTotalShutdown movement will continue to meet with stakeholders monthly to track the implementation of our 24 demands, which address the issues raised above.

Therefore, we urge the SAPS to urgently take note of the following demands:

Sensitisation and adequate training provided and sensitisation of resource providers regarding diverse gender identities and LGBTQIA_ minorities on discrimination broadly and the causes and consequences of GBVAW in particular, for members of the judiciary and the programme, on appointment, and should be offered on a continuous basis. The programme must include emerging progressive human rights standards and jurisprudence on GBVAW and gender diversity, various manifestations and also highlight decisions that have failed to uphold women’s rights to be free from violence.
DEADLINE: 31 January 2019

Recognition that intersecting forms of oppression heightens women’s vulnerability to GBVAW and that these factors are taken into account during investigation, prosecution and sentencing. These includes race, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic status and nationality.
DEADLINE: 01 February 2019

Introduction of an automated national registry for protection orders.
DEADLINE: 31 March 2019

Publication of a monthly list of police stations and police officers who have been reported to the Independent Police Investigative Directorate for failing to provide services to survivors of GBVAW.
DEADLINE: 16 June 2019

LINK: Full list of #24Demands