More Action Necessary to Curb High Rate of Rape

19th September 2013    


The IFP has welcomed the crime statistics announced by the Minister of Police, Nathi Mthethwa, but has highlighted a few things which the Minister needs to address, particularly the strengthening of our community policing in order to further deter crime and ease fears of the community.


IFP Spokesperson on Police, Mr Velaphi Ndlovu, MP, said, “Although rape cases have decreased by 0.4 percent in the last year, there is still a great deal to be done. Rape incidents remain extremely high in this country and government must come up with new strategies in fighting this scourge. We are also concerned about the increase in the rate of house breaking by 1.7 per cent. These are some of the challenges which must be addressed urgently.”


Perhaps it is time for the South African Government to rethink and refocus; spend less on corruption and poor service delivery, and more on fighting social evils and crimes that have a dire impact on the daily lives of ordinary citizens. 


“We welcome the decrease of crimes of abuse against women and children but add that we must also think of a long-term strategy to improve the general environment in order to make our women feel psychologically secure as well.


Besides an imaginative multimedia campaign, a multidisciplinary approach is essential. Government must consider the importance of the establishment of a Domestic Violence Advisory Council which will include all stakeholders,” said Ndlovu.


The IFP believes that by educating the private sector we can significantly aid law enforcement and further deter criminal behaviour as well as expand the breadth of our community policing efforts.



Issued by:

IFP Spokesperson on Police, Mr Velaphi Ndlovu MP, 083 625 0803


Or contact 

IFP Parliamentary Media Liaison Officer, Mr Phendulani Biyase, 073 024 5675