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What is South Africa’s recorded rape rate?

Between January and March 2022, there were at least 10,818 cases of rape reported in South Africa, an increase of 13.7% over the same period last year. The true number of rapes is likely to be much higher as many go unreported. 

The rape rate – calculated based on the national mid-year population estimates (60.6 million by the end of June 2022) – is 17.85 per 100,000 people.

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