Inanda, north of Durban, has recorded the highest number of rapes in the country for the 2019/2020 financial year; followed by nearby Umlazi. The latest crime statistics were presented by Police Minister Bheki Cele on Friday.
During the previous period, Inanda police station recorded the highest number of sexual offences.
Police Minister Cele says he believes that alcohol has played a role in these crimes.
“Our most problematic areas here will be Umlazi and Inanda. That is what the figures are telling us they have nothing to do with the stats under lockdown; those lockdown stats will come quarterly. One other problem we found with Inanda is that most of the people they are raped coming from shebeens. Murders would go with these rapes so which means alcohol does play a role on these matters.”
KwaZulu-Natal violence monitor, Mary de Haas, says proper training and better police management could be the solution to fight the high levels of crime in the province.
The 2019/2020 national crime statistics reveal the province recorded the highest number of murders in the country, with an increase of 10.6%.