Police Minister, Fikile Mbalula, released a series of crime stats today which emphasise that despite the decrease in certain crimes across the country, South Africans are still not feeling safe.
Most notable of the crime stats, is the decrease in the number of reported rape cases which has gone down by 4% since the previous year. But the statistic does not inspire confidence as the number of sexual assaults, has increased by 0.9%.
This has pushed the possibility that victims of rape and sexual assault might be growing and fearing the public outcome of reporting their ordeals.
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.
These increases come after almost a year of great media attention on cases of gender-based violence and sexual assault.
The problem, critics say, is the absence of infrastructure and training within the existing state bodies to deal with such crimes effectively and with the right type of procedures.