‘Saps well-resourced in dealing with sexual offence cases’

Officer Willie Reyneveld says they have enough trained staff positioned throughout WC communities.

A UCT student holds up a poster during a protest against rape and sexual abuse on campus on 11 May 2016. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The commander of the Family Violence, Child protection and Sexual Offences (FCS) unit in the Western Cape says it has enough resources to assist rape survivors.

Warrant officer Willie Reyneveld says they have enough trained staff positioned throughout communities to assist those who report a rape at their local police stations.

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This morning, Reyneveld also dispelled the belief of there being a shortage of rape kits.

Police crime statistics released in September last year show a total of 53 617 sexual offences were reported in the 2014/2015 period or nearly 150 cases per day.

The commander says reporting a rape incident as soon as possible can make a great difference.

"Currently, I can say that the police are well resourced in the area of FCS. It is important to know that the exhibits need to be collected within 72 hours, so the victim must make sure that she must at least report the crime within 72 hours. This does not mean that if the incident is old it cannot be reported, but it will assist us."

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