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Reporting Crime

No Excuse for Abuse

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This brochure contains information on rape, sexual assault, domestic violence and how to get help.

Calling for Help in an Emergency

Every second counts in an emergency, and could mean the difference between life and death.

City of Cape Town Public Emergency Communication Centre

The City of Cape Town has introduced a single emergency toll-free number for residents living in its area.   When you phone the number on any land line, the emergency communication centre will be able to see:

Draft Victims Charter

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This proposed Charter lists the rights of victims during the criminal justice process and sets out how victims can exercise these rights in practice

Protection from Domestic Abuse

If you're the victim of domestic relationship with, then you should apply for a protection order in terms of the Domestic Violence Act. A protection order has conditions, which limits the abuser's interaction with you. Should the abuser break these conditions then they can be arrested.

Reporting a Crime

Crime affects us all. You can turn the tide on crime If you report any criminal activity that you’re aware of. You can report it anonymously to the police on the Crime-stop tip-off line 086 00 10111.

Reporting a Missing Person

If someone close to you is missing, you should report it to the police. You don't need to wait 24 hours - you can report it as soon as you know they're missing. A detective (investigating officer) will investigate the case and the missing person will also be listed on a database, known as the National Bureau for Missing Persons database. This database is a Crime Stop project and police all over the country use it.

Reporting fraud and corruption

There are a different national and provincial institutions that handle government fraud and corruption. Each of these entities deal with specific kinds of cases:

Reporting Rape

If you have been raped or sexually assaulted, you can report this to the police. It is your choice whether to report, but if you do not report then your case will not be investigated or prosecuted. Police are not allowed to refuse to investigate your case if you report it. However, if there is too little evidence after an investigation by the police, a prosecutor may decide not to prosecute your case.

Safe Schools Call Centre

The WCED has established a Safe Schools Call Centre as part of the Safe Schools Programme.   Educators, learners and parents can call the toll-free number to report violence, abuse, alcohol and drug abuse, vandalism and/or complaints regarding corruption in schools. The Call Centre also provides information on: abortion alcoholism drug abuse HIV/Aids racism pregnancy.