Survey shows increase in the reporting of sexual offences

A report released by Statistics South Africa on victims of crime has recorded an increase in housebreaking, car theft and murder in the past two years, as well as a significant rise in the number of street robberies.

The Victims of Crime Survey records levels of crime and feelings of safety in the country based on a sample of 27,000 households.

The study also shows an increase in the reporting of sexual offences.

Eyewitness News reporter Theto Mahlakoana shares the details.

The numbers are quite staggering and I think it is problematic that despite the kind of renewed efforts that the police keep on promising, we have not seen the sort of downward movement that would give confidence to South Africans.

Theto Mahlakoana, Senior political reporter - EWN

Over 1 million South Africans over the age of 16 were victims to street robberies.

Theto Mahlakoana, Senior political reporter - EWN

Mahlokoana says a promising trend in the study is an increase in the reporting of sexual offences.

I find that quite a fascinating discovery given the backlash that police have faced in their mishandling of sexual offence related cases. Stats SA says this has increased by 4.6% in the past year, saying about 88% of their sample that was studied, victims said they had gone to the police to report sexual offences when they did occur.

Theto Mahlakoana, Senior political reporter - EWN

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