#CrimeStats: Rape decreases, sex assaults creep up

The figures, released annually, provide an overview of crimes that have been reported to the police.

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CAPE TOWN - The number of reported rape cases in South Africa has decreased by 4%, South African Police Service (SAPS) crime statistics have revealed.

The number of sexual assaults, though, has increased by 0.9%.

Overall, the number of reported sexual offences has decreased by 4.3%.

Police Minister Fikile Mbalula released the crime statistics in Parliament on Tuesday, saying that although there has been an overall drop in serious crimes, South Africans are not feeling it.

The figures further highlighted that Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape have the highest number of reported cases of sexual offences. Gauteng and the North West were the only provinces to record an increase of sexual offences of 0.6% and 3.9% respectively.

Gauteng, KZN and the Eastern Cape also had the highest number of reported rape cases while Gauteng and the North West again recorded increases in the number of reported rape cases of 1.2% and 5.3% respectively.

Mpumalanga and the Western Cape reported significant increases in the number of sexual assault cases, with 8.2% and 6% respectively.