Parliamentary question: Police: child rape

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QUESTION NO 1864

DATE OF PUBLICATION IN INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER: 4 JUNE 2010
(INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 16- 2010)

Date reply submitted: 14 July 2010
1864. Mrs D A Schäfer (DA) to ask the Minister of Police:

(1) How many rape cases of children under the age of 12 years old were reported in the (a) 2008-09 and (b) 2009-10 financial years;
(2) (a) how many persons were (i) charged, (ii) tried and (iii) convicted in each case and (b) what are the main reasons for convictions not being obtained? NW2157E



REPLY:
(1) The 2009/2010 crime statistics still have to be released. According to the 2008/2009 Annual Report of the South African Police Service, 6 740 sexual offences cases involving children aged 0 – 11 years (that is up to 11 years plus 364 days) as victims were registered during 2008/2009 (see page 14 of the SAPS Annual Report for 2008/2009). Rape is only one of the many subcategories of sexual offences. To provide information on specifically rape cases – sections 3 and 4 of the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences and Related Matters) Amendment Act, 2007 (Act No 32 of 2007) – an ad hoc request will have to be sent to Information Systems Management (ISM) to obtain a docket download of these specific cases. This can take up to three weeks to fulfill.
(2)(a) To obtain such additional detail, another ad hoc request will have to be forwarded to ISM. This will take at least an additional three weeks to fulfill. The resultant data will then have to be scrutinized to obtain the necessary answers. It may even be necessary to undertake additional analysis to complete the enquiry and peruse the actual dockets to verify the information. In view of the limited resources available to Crime Research and Statistics and the priority enjoyed by operational requests, it may take literally months to meet this request.
(2)(b) The answer to this part of the question would only be found in the court records. Crime Research and Statistics does not have ready access to such records.