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29 Apr 2021
7:49 am

GBV convictions fall far short


With 132 incidents per 100 000 people, it’s no wonder South Africa is known as the rape capital of the world.

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  Gender-based violence organisations are right when they say they want more to be done against offenders. According to statistics released by the police this week, between 1 April, 2020 and 31 March, 2021, 356 life sentences were handed down to 266 sexual offence perpetrators. The courts convicted 1 700 offenders and handed down 13 900 sentences in the past year. For this, our police need to be applauded. But when you see that this only amounts to 5% of reported cases, there really shouldn’t be any celebrations or pats on the back. Women and Men Against Child Abuse advocacy...