According to the recent Statistics South Africa's in-depth analysis of victims of crime data, 37% of people didn't report sexual offences because they felt they weren't serious enough.
The report also states that four in ten sexual offences happened at home.
StatsSA's Statistician-General, Pali Lehohla, says people may not be reporting crime to the police because the police station environment isn't comfortable and they fear further prosecution.
Lehohla says inequality, jealousy, and anger against family members and money issues, are the main drivers for the higher rates of crime in black communities.
This data is collected in the privacy of your home. Probably it's more comfortable to talk about these sexual offences in such environment, unlike reporting it at the police station where there are many other people, and of course knowing that there will be prosecution afterwards.— Pali Lehohla, Statistician-General for Statistics South Africa
When you look at the infrastructure where these crimes are happening, one of the big things is the inequality among black people.— Pali Lehohla, Statistician-General for Statistics South Africa
Women bear the brunt of violence in South Africa, particularly domestic violence in the homes where they think they are secure. We have also found that the youth from 15-34 years of age are the main perpetrators of violence.— Pali Lehohla, Statistician-General for Statistics South Africa
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