Decrease recorded in number of rapes in 2013

07 Jul 2014 15:00pm
By Anna Salkeus
WINDHOEK, 07 JUL (NAMPA) – The Namibian Police Force (NamPol) recorded a decrease in the number of rape cases countrywide during 2013, with 981 cases recorded, compared to more than 1 000 in the previous two years.
Statistics availed to Nampa by NamPol indicate that of the 981 rape cases reported last year, 30 of the victims were men.
NamPol spokesperson Deputy Commissioner Edwin Kanguatjivi told this news agency upon enquiry on Monday that the cases reported were recorded as general rapes.
“Some may have been committed by the perpetrator or perpetrators while the victim was for instance walking home through the bushes, or a river bed,” he stated.
In 2012, the number of people raped stood at 1 073, of whom 10 were male adults and 23 male minors; while 1 057 people were raped in 2011, with 15 male adults and 16 male minors amongst the victims.
Kanguatjivi did not provide the number of cases reported since the beginning of 2014.
One of the most recent rape cases reported, however, involves a 10-year-old minor. She was allegedly raped by eight men over a period of eight months at the Okandjira village in the Ovitoto area.
According to NamPol, the suspects are aged between 23 and 53 years, and appeared in the Okahandja Magistrate’s Court last Friday.
They were denied bail, and the case was postponed to 19 August to allow for further police investigations.
Meanwhile, a total of 2 122 perpetrators were arrested by NamPol in connection with the total number of cases reported over the past three years.