Joint Media Statement by Ministry of Police and the South African Police Service:
FCS secures hefty sentences for perpatrators who committed crimes against women and children.
The South African Police Service’s Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences (FCS) Investigations within Division Detective Services has between, 1 January and 30 June 2018, nationally recorded a sizable number of convictions and lengthy sentences with regards to crimes against women and children including; murder, rape and child pornography. A total of 217 life and over 11 800 years’ imprisonment sentences was achieved from 1385 cases with 1357 accused.
Crimes against women and children have always been a priority for the South African Police Service and Police Minister Bheki Cele has declared 2018 as the year to focus on women and children. The Minister went on to dedicate this year’s Budget Vote Speech to honour all women and children who have been the victims of gender based violence under the Theme “Safety of women, children and vulnerable groups is the brighter future of South Africa”.
The FCS Units around the country consists of dedicated members that go beyond the call of duty to ensure that survivors of these heinous crimes – rape, murder and child pornography – are treated with the utmost care to avoid secondary victimisation.
The South African Police Service calls on parents and caregivers to report crimes committed against their children as failure to report such knowledge may result in the prosecution of the parent/caregiver or anyone older that had known about the incident. This after a precedence was set when in April this year, a 29-year-old mother was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment for aiding and abetting in terms of Child Protection Act, child abuse and defeating the ends of justice, for failing to report and identify the person responsible for raping her child.
The Police would like to warn to those women that report false cases of rape, assault et cetera, to refrain from doing such as once a case is reported the police waste much needed resources and their efforts which could have been diverted to where they are really needed. Those found to be doing this will be charged with perjury and prosecuted.