DA laments lack of rape kits

By Doug Mattushek - 11 August 2019Views : 756

The Democratic Alliance issued a strongly worded statement lamenting the lack of availability of rape kits at police stations.

Rape kits are instrumental in collecting the evidence needed to prosecute rapists, but the DA revealed that only 34% of pilce station across Mzansi have them.

DA MP Andrew Whitfield has called Police Commissioner Bheki Cele to task.

"This issue has to do with the lives and dignity of the women and children of our country," read the statement.

"The current figures indicate that the SAPS has run short of over 128 000 rape kits, with only around 18 000 adult rape kits in circulation in SA.

“If the Minister of Police does not heed to our call to resolve the rape kits crisis he must take full responsibility for the failure of the SAPS to investigate rape, arrest rapists and ensure successful prosecutions of those who commit this heinous crime.

"Without these kits, evidence in reported rape cases cannot be collected, and, without evidence, the ability to successfully prosecute rapists diminishes drastically. It is wholly unacceptable and a damning indictment on the South African Police Service that only a handful of police stations are equipped to successfully gather evidence from victims of rape.

"These shocking statistics were revealed by the national police commissioner after a request for information submitted by the DA."