JOHANNESBURG - Crimes of gender-based violence and femicide remain a priority for the South African Police Service.
That's according to Police Minister Bheki Cele.
He says police officers are being trained to deal with these crimes.
Cele presented the latest crime statistics on Friday.
"Dedicated GBV desks are now available at 381 police stations across the country," he said.
"The establishment of the GBV desks will be finalised at the end of March this year."
Cele said the decrease in reported rape is due to gender-based violence awareness campaigns.
There has been a 9 percent drop in reported rape cases, according to the latest crime figures.
The minister says all nine provinces showed a decrease.
"Over 5,012 of the rape incidents took place at the home of the victim or the home of the rapist. 674 rapes were domestic violence related and 632 of rape cases in this category, involved female victims and 42 were males."
"The Eastern Cape’s Lusikisiki police station and Umlazi and Inanda station in KwaZulu-Natal recorded the highest incidents of rape. The decrease in some of the sexual offences, especially rape cases can be attributed to all provinces increasing their GBV awareness campaigns," he said.