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Gender Commission supports COSATU and SACCAWU strike at Shoprite

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Media Release For immediate Release: 21 December 2017 To: Editors, Producers and Reporters     Gender Commission supports COSATU and SACCAWU strike at Shoprite   The Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) has noted with keen interest media reports indicating a call for a nation-wide strike by the South African Commercial, Catering and Allied Workers Union (SACCAWU) and Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) at Shoprite. The CGE supports the strike. This support is informed by the Commission’s own studies on gender transformation that looked at the retail sector. The CGE believes there has been minimal progress in addressing gender transformation in the workplace.   Women in our country continue to face persistent marginalisation from power and influence. This can be attributed to a range of factors including the influences of South Africa’s colonial history and dominant patriarchal paradigms.   The CGE is calling on the Department of Labour to conduct an immediate investigation on the failure of Shoprite to address issues that have been in the public domain impacting on the well-being of women workers. Lack of access to safe and reliable staff transportation for women who work extended trading hours is a major problem. Women are left to fend for themselves thus being exposed to activities that negatively affects their human dignity. Gender transformation and women participation in the managerial level remains unaddressed in South Africa’s workplaces.   The CGE appeals to leaders of the industries to be cognisant of women’s basic human rights and labour rights such as maternity leave and provision of adequate and suitable health and safety protective gear. Women workers are increasingly vulnerable and ILO standard on the Equality and Equity is not adhered to. Trade Unions should continue raising women worker rights in the workplaces. We implore the private sector to strongly consider and share Good practices inter sectorally and across the economic sectors on women employment. Celui-là orient important en même temps que savoir lequel Kamagra levant un médicament d’ordonnance lequel doit être approuvé dans un médecin.   The CGE in the new year will approach NEDLAC with an intent to partner with them in pursuing meaningful dialogue between social partners around issues of gender transformation and women discrimination in the workplace.             We urge women workers who experience discrimination in the workplace to report such cases using the CGE Toll-Free Number 0800 007 709.   ENDS   Issued by: Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) Date:  21 December 2017 Contact Person: Javu Baloyi Tel: 083 579 3306 The Commission for Gender Equality The Commission for Gender Equality is established in terms of Section 181 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa in order to promote respect for gender equality and the protection, development and attainment of gender equality.

Gender Commission shocked at the assault of a gender activist

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Media Release For immediate Release: 17 January 2018 To: Editors, Producers and Reporters   Gender Commission shocked at the assault of a gender activist   The Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) is shocked at the alleged assault of a gender activist, Pamela Mabini who has been leading marches against sex assault-accused Pastor Tim Omotoso, The Commission condemns the alleged assault by Jongisizwe Mali that has left Ms Mabini with serious injuries.  The Commission is also saddened by the allegations that she was assaulted or attacked for her stance against the sexual and physical violence that is directed to vulnerable women and children.   The Commission is calling for those who witnessed the alleged incident to cooperate or better still volunteer information with the police since a case of grievous bodily harm (assault GBH) has been opened. In this endeavour, they will not only be supporting Ms Mabini but all survivors or victims of gender based violence who at times are left alone to face the ordeal of being assaulted or attacked.   The Commission is also calling upon the South African Police Services to conclude the investigation speedily and to ensure that the perpetrator is punished if the allegations are true, including paying for the damages of Ms Mabini’s cellphone that got broken during the alleged assault. The alleged attacker should be given the maximum sentence for such a crime as a lesson to many who would be prone to assault or threaten gender activists or any women and persons for exercising their constitutional rights. Ms Mabini should be applauded for spearheading and leading the voices against one of the serious crimes that is committed against humanity on a daily basis, not attacked. The Commission will be monitoring the case to ensure that justice for both the alleged perpetrator and the victim is served. We urge members of the public who have knowledge of and information on acts of gender based violence and abuse to call our Toll-Free Number 0800 007 709 to report such cases.   ENDS,   Issued by: Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) Date: 17 January 2018 Contact Person: Javu Baloyi Tel: 083 579 3306 The Commission for Gender Equality The Commission for Gender Equality is established in terms of Section 181 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa in order to promote respect for gender equality and the protection, development and attainment of gender equality. Nelaimingi atsitikimai darbe - http://www.nelaimingiatsitikimaidarbe.lt/    

Gender Commission Calls to an End to Child Marriages

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Media Release For Immediate Release: 13 December 2017 To:  Editors, Producers and Reporters Gender Commission Calls to an End to Child Marriages The Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) is seriously concerned at the increase of underage marriages in the country. The recent report by Statistics South Africa on underage marriages in South Africa points to a bleak future to many young girls particularly in KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng and the Eastern Cape, however, the phenomena is not limited to these provinces only. We are also equally aware that the underage marriages tend to increase during the festive season(s) due to availability of extra cash from bonuses. The CGE is also concerned at the incidence of underage arranged marriages within certain religious communities. Underage girls below the permissible age of 18 are either engaged to be married by their parents, or are actually married in contravention of the law.  As a result of such practice which normally takes in rural communities and some churches, girls below the age of 18 are either abducted, committed or forced into marriage in violation of their Constitutional rights and the South African legislation, with disastrous impact on their education, health and emotional well-being. The CGE has (in the past) worked with the SABC and the police in Mpumalanga in rescuing a 13-year-old from being married off to a Sangoma. The Commission has also assisted a family of a 12-year-old in Gauteng from being married off. In KwaZulu-Natal, the Commission together with the National Prosecution Authority (NPA), the South African Police Services (SAPS) and the Department of Social Development have worked together to help plenty of young girls from being married off. Unfortunately, we could not save one young girl who, after being forced into a marriage whilst she wanted to further her education, committed suicide. In Eastern Cape, we have worked with traditional leaders particularly in the Lusikisiki area to help stop the scourge that was going on unabated. Lots of young girls were saved through this intervention. Underage marriages are illegal and it is incumbent upon all of us as citizenry to ensure that we end them. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Goal 5 talks about the empowering of young girls. This can only help if we ensure that child marriages are stopped. Parents, guardians or those who facilitate these marriages must be arrested and face the full might of the law. Various leaders where underage marriages are reported to be taking place must cooperate and empower citizens to practice within the Constitutional ambits. Those who are licensed to marry should desist from contravening the Constitution by marrying children. Any licensed marriage officer participating in marrying in underage girls must face the full arm of the law as this is in contravention of the Constitution and prohibited under the Marriage Act.  The Department of Home Affairs officials must ensure that those they marry are of age. The CGE is making a clarion call to members of the public who have knowledge of and information of underage marriages and acts of gender- based violence and abuse to call our Toll-Free Number 0800 007 709. Issued by: Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) Date:   13 December 2017 Contact Person: Javu Baloyi Tel: 083 579 3306 The Commission for Gender Equality is established in terms of Section 181 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa in order to promote respect for gender equality and the protection, development and attainment of gender equality.

Gender Commission enters as amicus curiae in the DA v RSA Government

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To: Editors, Producers and Reporters Gender Commission enters as amicus curiae in the DA v RSA Government On the 5th December 2017, the Commission Gender Equality (CGE) has applied to the High Court of South Africa Gauteng Division, Pretoria to admitted as amicus curiae (Friend of the Court) in the DA Vs RSA Government (Grace Mugabe matter). Having presented its arguments before the court, the CGE has been admitted as amicus curiae in the DA Vs RSA Government (Grace Mugabe matter) under case number 58755/17. ENDS, Issued by: Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) Date:   07 December 2017 Contact Person: Javu Baloyi Tel: 083 579 3306 The Commission for Gender Equality is established in terms of Section 181 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa in order to promote respect for gender equality and the protection, development and attainment of gender equality.

WHAT ARE THE CURRENT AND FUTURE REALITIES YOUNG PEOPLE ARE FACING ON SOCIAL MEDIA IN THE CONTEXT OF GENDER BASED VIOLENCE?

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WHAT ARE THE CURRENT AND FUTURE REALITIES YOUNG PEOPLE ARE FACING ON SOCIAL MEDIA IN THE CONTEXT OF GENDER BASED VIOLENCE?   On the 08th December 2017 at the Protea Hotel Pretoria Manor from 10h00-15h00, the Commission for Gender Equality (CGE), Film and Publication Board (FPB) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is collaborating on a dialogue to address the current and future realities facing young people on social media in the context of Gender Based Violence (GBV).  The dialogue will be hosted 8 at the Protea Hotel Pretoria Manor from 10am.   The dialogue coincides with the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children campaign and it aims to unpack how social media may desensitize young people to gender based violence.   We have seen a rise in violent content posted online especially content on GBV.  Social media has made it easy to create and upload content which may go viral in seconds.  We have noticed that people would rather take a video of a violent act instead of assisting the victim.  A study that was previously commissioned by FPB to assess the impact that specific classifiable elements have on young people showed that young people are desensitized to violence and horror.   CGE has also conducted a study which has revealed that society has normalized gender based violence especially violence against Lesbians, Gays, Bisexual, Transgendered and Intersex (LGBIT).  Some of the issues that were identified include the rape and murder of young girls and discrimination in the workplace on the basis of sexual orientations. South Africa is rated amongst the worst societies when it comes to violence against women and children.  Violence against women and children does not end with physical violence; other forms of violence include emotional and psychological violence which have no visible scars but have long effects on victims and survivors.  These can be worsened through constant exposure to similar themes on social media and other forms of entertainment media.  Furthermore, content exposure can lead to children being desensitized and normalizing such behavior. Type into the text box or feel free to turn on your webcam to talk cam girl dance While on Tempocams you’ll be connecting to live video of cam sex.   ENDS,   Media enquiries: Ms Manala Botolo Acting Manager Communications and Public Education (FPB) Manala.botolo@fpb.org.za 082 860 6748   Mr. Javu Baloyi CGE Spokesperson Javu@cge.org.za 083 579 3306   Ms Ziyanda Ngoma Programme Specialist (UNFPA) Ngoma@unfpa.org 0722990868

Gender Commission condemns the alleged incident of assault

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To: Editors, Producers and Reporters    Gender Commission condemns the alleged incident of assault   The Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) has noted with dismay media reports indicating that Member of Parliament, Honourable Mervin Dirks has allegedly threatened to assault a fellow member of Parliament Ms Thozama Mantashe.   The Commission categorically condemns all forms of gender violence. The Commission is extremely disappointed that someone who has pledged allegiance to the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa goes against everything that he agreed to abide by. The Commission is calling for Honourable Dirks to resign as the Member of Parliament, if the allegations against him are true.  The CGE is also calling on the Speaker of parliament to suspend him with immediate effect from all duties pending the outcome of the investigation in the matter.   This is reprehensible and inexcusable especially coming during the 16 days of Activism of No Violence against women and children wherein the Commission and like-minded institutions are focussing on greater efforts in ending violence Against Women and Children.   The CGE believes Parliament based on the severity of allegations in a country where rampant abuse of women and children has reached alarming proportion will act with speed to ensure that justice is served for Ms Mantashe and other women who have been victims of gender based violence throughout the country. The Commission will be monitoring the case to ensure that justice for both the alleged perpetrator and the victim is served. Education is an important features that can alone to inspire you to push your kids up into playing these nice educational online site friv games. But one another important thing, which can not be forgotten, is the opportunity to control your child. We urge members of the public who have knowledge of and information on acts of gender based violence and abuse to call our Toll-Free Number 0800 007 709 to report such cases. ENDS,   Issued by: Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) Date:   01 December 2017 Contact Person: Javu Baloyi Tel: 083 579 3306 The Commission for Gender Equality The Commission for Gender Equality is established in terms of Section 181 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa in order to promote respect for gender equality and the protection, development and attainment of gender equality.

Gender Commission hails historic Bill on Paternity Leave

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To: Editors, Producers and Reporters   Gender Commission hails historic Bill on Paternity Leave The South African Legislature has once again demonstrated that it is sincere in its’ endeavours towards the promotion, development and attainment of gender equality in South Africa when the National Assembly approved the Labour Laws Amendment Bill, yesterday.   This proposed legislation is intended to amend the Basic Condition of Employment Act of 1997 with a view to provide parental, adoption and commissioning parental leave to employees. It is encouraging to observe that this goes further than simply providing for the opportunity for an employee to qualify for parental, adoption and commissioning parental leave. It is a meaningful piece of proposed legislation because it also amends the Unemployment Insurance Act of 2001, so as to provide for the right to claim parental, adoptive and commissioning parental benefits from the Unemployment Insurance Fund.   The Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) welcomes the Labour Laws Amendment Bill because it sends a clear signal that the Legislature has a good understanding of the gender related inequalities which continues to impede the socio-economic development of vulnerable groups in South Africa. In this regard, the innovative nature of Bill will be realised on promulgation because this is when certain groups such as parents who cannot conceive but have the option of surrogacy can take steps to fulfil their dream of becoming parents of their own children.   It is a case of ensuring substantive gender equality because many individuals are prohibited from fulfilling their desire of starting a family because they are unable to access leave benefits and also face financial constraints associated with surrogacy and adoption. Therefore, on promulgation Bill will not only remove the discrimination against parents who rely on surrogacy when it relates to leave benefits but such parents will also be able to access UIF benefits as well. This dual implication of Bill will bring about meaningful changes to the gender equality landscape in South Africa.   This Bill will in particular encourage men to be involved in the upbringing of their children. It will also assist men in understanding that care work is their responsibility too and not that of women only.  This Bill will go a long way in ensuring that fathers bond with their children in substantive meaningful ways.   In approving the Bill, the National Assembly is one step closer in enacting one of the most innovative and progressive pieces of legislation in the world and should be applauded for being one of the most gender responsive legislators that modern society has witnessed. Such circumstances augurs well for the people of South Africa. Play best friv online games.   The CGE regards the Labour Laws Amendment Bill as an important piece of legislation that will go a long way in the promotion of gender equality and will monitor future develops herein closely.   ENDS,   Issued by: Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) Date:   30 November 2017 Contact Person: Javu Baloyi Tel: 083 579 3306 The Commission for Gender Equality is established in terms of Section 181 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa in order to promote respect for gender equality and the protection, development and attainment of gender equality.

CGE Calendar of Events 2017

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Calendar of Events 2017

CGE Welcomes Guilty Verdict for Christopher Panayiotou and Co-Accused

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To: Editors, Producers and Reporters CGE Welcomes Guilty Verdict for Christopher Panayiotou and Co-Accused The Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) welcomes the guilty verdict handed down to Jayde Panayiotou’s killers, her husband Christopher Panayiotou and two -co-accused. The case once again brings the spotlight to the rampant and endemic surge in intimate partner killings. The Commission is pleased that this verdict will convey a strong message that intimate partner violence, including murder and related crimes have no place in our homes, communities and society in general. The Commission applauds the law enforcement agencies and the justice system for seeing to it that justice was served on behalf of the late Jayde Panayiotou. The Commission believes that the planned and pre-meditated murder of Jayde Panayiotu warrants the harshest sentence possible under the law. The Commission trusts that on the 17 November 2017, nothing less than a lengthy jail sentence will be imposed on the three brutal murderers of Jayde Panayiotu. The CGE is convinced that the justice system and our law enforcement agencies remain our best allies in the fight against gender based violence, intimate partner violence and other related scourges that haunt our society on a daily basis. We remain dismayed that, according to available data, four women are killed each day by their intimate partners. “The CGE commends the police, prosecutorial team and the Judge who acted relentless in pursuit of the truth, justice was served. The Gender Commission is calling for hefty and lengthy sentence to Christopher Panayiotou and his two co-accused. This will send a clear message to those that use violence and threats asset their power against women to settle family dispute that its criminal and they will not continue to remain in our homes, in our streets and our communities!” said the Ms Lulama Nare, the Chairperson of the Commission for Gender Equality. Kreditas dirbantiems užsienyje bei paskolos iš žmonių https://www.superpaskolos.lt/paskolos-is-zmoniu/   ENDS,   Issued by: Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) Date:   06 November 2017 Contact Person: Javu Baloyi Tel: 083 579 3306 The Commission for Gender Equality is established in terms of Section 187 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa in order to promote respect for gender equality and the protection, development and attainment of gender equality.  

CGE RESPONSE TO THE 2016/17 NATIONAL CRIME STSTISTICS

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To: Editors, Producers and Reporters CGE RESPONSE TO THE 2016/17 NATIONAL CRIME STSTISTICS On the 24th of October 2017, the South African Police Service (SAPS) under the leadership of Police Minister Fikile Mbalula and the Acting National Commissioner Lieutenant General Lesetja Mothiba, released the 2016/17 national crime statistics, which denote a general 2,4% decline in contact crimes. Below are the contact crime statistics in their various sub-categories:

  • Murder: 19 016 in 2016/17 and 18 673 in 2015/16 (1,8% increase).
  • Sexual Offences: 49 660 in 2016/17 and 51 895 in 2015/16 (4,3% decline).
  • Attempted murder: 18 205 in 2016/17 and 18 127 in 2015/16 (0,4% increase).
  • Assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm: 170 616 in 2016/17 and 182 933 in 2015/16 (6,7% decline).
  • Common assault: 156 450 in 2016/17 and 164 958 in 2015/16 (5,2% decline).
  COMMENTARY – KEY POINTS:
  • On the face of it, the 2016/17 the figures for the category of Sexual Offences show a 4.3% decline (from 51 895 in 2015/16 to 49 660 in 2016/17). However, the statistics for sexual offences are often met with widespread scepticism because the SAPS reports only on cases that were reported and recorded at their police stations during the specified financial year. It is widely acknowledged also that sexual offences crime figures are highly dependent on the reporting behaviours of the victims or those related to them. In other words, the SAPS figures on sexual offences are, at best, a reflection of those incidents that were reported by members of the public, particularly the victims and/or those related to them. Such incidents are well known for being susceptible to underreporting or even non-reporting. This is because many incidents of sexual offences occur within the hidden and private spaces of the family, the household/home or individual relationships, which makes them highly dependent on the private motivations and willingness of those affected and impacted to approach law enforcement agencies to report. In many instances, these incidents remain hidden. Therefore, the SAPS figures cannot possibly reveal the true extent of such hidden crimes. As long as the problem of under-reporting persists and the SAPS continues to rely on citizens to report such incidents, the country might not know the full extent or accurate number of sexual crimes in society.
 
  • The CGE is therefore, not convinced that the reported decline in contact crimes, particularly sexual offences (declined by 4,3%) is a true reflection of the reality of sexual violence against women and girls. In fact, many gender activists have expressed great concern over the decreasing number of reporting in this category of sexual offences, asserting that the decrease in figures could mean that an increasing number of victims of sexual offences are either failing to report to the police or put off/discouraged by the secondary victimisation or the indifferent attitudes of law enforcement officials that the victims often encounter on the ground. In many communities throughout the country, widespread perceptions persist that the police will not be effective in dealing with sexual crimes, thus discouraging reporting. Commentators and gender activists in the country do point out that for every reported rape, at least 9 up to 27 others go unreported.
 
  • Similar challenges raised above apply also in the case of the reported 4% decline in Rape cases (rape is a sub-category of sexual offences). Such a decline might not necessarily mean that there was a decrease in the occurrence of incidents of rape in the country, but a mere reflection of the under-reporting behaviour of those affected and impacted. In other words, the decline could reflect the fact that there are significant obstacles/barriers impacting on the reporting of incidents of sexual crimes in general, including rape.
 
  • Underreporting of rape is believed to be prevalent amongst pre-adolescent children, older women, urban women, illiterate women and sex workers.
 
  • Some of the barriers to the reporting of sexual offences include lack of confidence in the criminal justice system, particularly the police and courts; fear of intimidation by the abuser; fear of not being believed; the desire to avoid the stigma associated with rape; challenges with accessing police stations that are located far away; lack of information/knowledge, etc.
 
  • The sexual offences statistics as reported by SAPS may also fail to depict a clear picture of the extent of sexual violence and its impact in society because they are not disaggregated by gender. While gender based violence (GBV) is not on its own a crime category, South Africa is reportedly one of the leading countries in terms of the scale of GBV globally.
 
  • Furthermore, sexual offences are varied and therefore affect different categories of victims in different ways with different impacts. Accurate information is therefore vital to inform more effective and targeted interventions that will mitigate the scourge of sexual violence against children, women, LGBTIQ communities, sex workers, men who are raped by other men, and women with disabilities. Without such information, it becomes difficult for the CGE, policy makers and other role players to allocate resources appropriately.
 
  • Another critical issue relating to the categorisation of SAPS crime statistics is the need to disaggregate sexual offences to reflect all offences as listed under the Sexual Offences and Related Matters Act 32 of 2007. The current release only disaggregates two sub-categories (rape and sexual assault) under the broader category of Sexual Offences. Other critical sub-categories such as incest, attempted rape and sexual grooming of children are not reflected and figures in this regard are not available. Such information will be critical to illuminate areas of serious concern and guide the necessary processes or interventions and resource allocation to respond effectively.
 
  • According to the Statistics South Africa’s 2016/17 Victims of Crime Survey, the figures for sexual offences stood at 50 883, which differs only marginally with the figure reported by the SAPS (49 660) in their recent statistics release. Nonetheless, it was found that of those 50 883 cases, only 6669 were finalised in courts, and that only 4,780 (10%) of the cases ended in a conviction. This shows that a very large proportion of the cases of sexual offences remain unprocessed, and therefore very few end up successfully prosecuted. This is an important area of concern for the CGE as it implicates not only the slow speed and inefficiency of the justice system in processing these incidents, but also the ineffectiveness of police investigations and their evidence gathering capabilities to lead to successful prosecutions. real6
 
  • Unlike other crime categories, Murder is an exception in that it is not significantly affected by the problem of under-reporting. In general, murders tend to be well recorded with little or no underreporting. The newly released SAPS figures showed 19,016 recorded murders in the 2016/17 financial year, or 343 (1,8% increase) more than in the previous year. This figure, however, also seems to hide gender-related murders (although the CGE is aware that the SAPS does have some of the information related to this.)
 
  • In general, though murder, related figures often do not capture sub-categories of violence perpetrated against some vulnerable groups (e.g. hate crimes towards LGBTIQ community whose murders are barely mentioned in the report). Furthermore, murder crimes known to affect women such as Intimate partner killings and femicide are also usually not highlighted but subsumed under the broader category of murder. According to the Daily Maverick (online news publication), the figures related to the category of murder released by the SAPS include 2,639 women, 574 boys and 265 girls during the year of reporting. The SAPS figures did not reflect these statistics. Such detailed information in the release of the SAPS crime statistics will be vital in the future for the work of the CGE.
   
  • Similarly, the figures on the crime category Assault are subject to similar misgivings as those related to Murder. The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) also cautions against this figure, insisting that official statistics on assault may not reflect reality. Most victims are often related to the perpetrators as in the case of domestic violence and may therefore be less likely to report and/or pursue the course of prosecution for assault.
 
  • In general, though, SAPS statistics revealed a decline in the crime category Common Assault from 164 958 in 2015/16 to 156 450 in 2016/17 (5,2% decline). Similarly, in a related category of Assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, a decline from 182 933 in 2015/16 to 170 616 in 2016/17 (6,7% decline) was observed. However, as seen with other crime categories the official statistics did not reveal the intricacies of both forms of assault. From a gender perspective, details pertaining to domestic violence are glossed over by the generalized manner of reporting.
  While a decline in the figures related to sexual offences in general and rape, was noted, this is no course for celebration because the SAPS figures remain subject to significant limitations and criticism as indicated above. What this means is the fact that South Africa remains a crime ridden society, with limited capacity (especially in relation to crime intelligence/detection, investigative capacity and prosecutorial efficacy) among law enforcement agencies to make an impact on the levels of crimes, not just reported crimes. These remain areas of concern for the CGE and the CGE raises them annually in response to the release of the SAPS crime statistics. ENDS, Issued by: Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) Date:   05 September 2017 Contact Person: Javu Baloyi Tel: 083 579 3306 The Commission for Gender Equality is established in terms of Section 187 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa in order to promote respect for gender equality and the protection, development and attainment of gender equality.