2000

UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE

 

RAPISTS GO UNPUNISHED: SHAME UNTO GOVERNMENT!

MEDIA STATEMENT ISSUED BY CEDRIC FROLICK, MP
DEPUTY CHAIRPERSON UDM EASTERN CAPE

Rapists in Port Elizabeth and Uitenhage are freely roaming the streets with very little fear of being caught and even less that, in the event of being caught, they would be successfully prosecuted.

On the eve of the Safety and Security Budget, shocking and disgusting statistics emerged from an answer to a question put to the Minister of Safety and Security, Mr Steve Tshwete. In 1998 in the area of Port Elizabeth and Uitenhage 867 rape cases involving victims under the age of 17 were reported. Of these reported cases only 49.5% went to the courts, and a shameful 7.7% was found guilty. That is only 67 cases out of a reported 867 cases. Eight hundred (800) rapists of children under the age of 17 are still walking free!

This figure got worse for victims 18 years and older. Of 1479 cases reported in the area only 44.48% went to court, of which only 65 cases ended in a guilty verdict. That means that 1414 rapists are still free! The success rate is thus a ridiculous 4.39%.

Rape statistics for the Port Elizabeth (PE) and Uitenhage (U) area  during the periods of 1998 and January to June 1999

1998

UNDER 17

AREA

REPORTED CASES

REFERRED CASES

REFERRED CASES WITH GUILTY VERDICT

 

Number of cases reported

Percentage of reported cases with guilty verdict

Number of cases referred

Percentage of number of cases reported

Number of cases with a guilty verdict

Percentage of number of cases referred

PE

658

4.1%

297

45.13%

27

9.09%

U

209

19.1%

133

63.63%

40

30.07%

Total

867

7.72%

430

49.59%

67

15.58%

 

18 AND OVER

AREA

REPORTED CASES

REFERRED CASES

REFERRED CASES WITH GUILTY VERDICT

 

Number of cases reported

Percentage of reported cases with guilty verdict

Number of cases referred

Percentage of number of cases reported

Number of cases with a guilty verdict

Percentage of number of cases referred

PE

986

1.82%

354

35.90%

18

5.08%

U

493

9.53%

304

61.66%

47

15.46%

Total

1479

4.39%

658

44.48%

65

9.87%

January to June 1999

UNDER 17

AREA

REPORTED CASES

REFERRED CASES

REFERRED CASES WITH GUILTY VERDICT

 

Number of cases reported

Percentage of reported cases with guilty verdict

Number of cases referred

Percentage of number of cases reported

Number of cases with a guilty verdict

Percentage of number of cases referred

PE

315

7.93%

147

46.66%

25

17.00%

U

129

6.20%

68

52.71%

8

11.76%

Total

444

7.43%

215

48.42%

33

15.34%

 

18 AND OVER

AREA

REPORTED CASES

REFERRED CASES

REFERRED CASES WITH GUILTY VERDICT

 

Number of cases reported

Percentage of reported cases with guilty verdict

Number of cases referred

Percentage of number of cases reported

Number of cases with a guilty verdict

Percentage of number of cases referred

PE

517

3.86%

209

40.42%

20

9.56%

U

243

8.23%

123

50.61%

20

16.26%

Total

760

5.26%

332

43.68%

40

12.04%

Although figures for only 6 months were available for the year 1999, the pattern repeats itself.

This desperate state of affairs can no longer be allowed to continue. The SAPS and the Department of Justice in the Port Elizabeth and Uitenhage area are failing the people of the Eastern Cape.

Shortage of staff, insufficient resources, lack of proper training and insufficient cooperation between the SAPS and the Department of Justice are the reasons for this totally unacceptable situation.

The UDM calls on the National Commissioner of SAPS to urgently intervene and assist the Provincial Commissioner in identifying and implementing solutions to address this shameful situation. The Department of Justice must be called to book and explain why the success rate of prosecutions is so low. There can be no doubt that the chaos and corruption within the Department of Justice is a contributing factor.

We can not talk about "freedom" and "a better life" if the majority of the perpetrators of crimes committed against Women and Children walk free and continue to believe that they can get away with it. Address this now and address it successfully.

Enquiries:
Cedric Frolick, MP
DEPUTY CHAIRPERSON: UDM EASTERN CAPE


Cape Town
17 May 2000