Little research has been conducted on the percentage of people in South Africa which commit rape.
Male perpetrators have been the subject of all the studies.
of three South African provinces (Eastern Cape, Mpumalanga, and Northern Province/Limpopo) in 1997, 6.8% of women surveyed in Mpumalanga said they had been raped during their lifetime, 5.0% of women surveyed in Northern Province had been raped, and 4.5% of women in Eastern Cape had been raped.
While the Northern Cape had the largest percentage of respondents who believed rape to be most prevalent, the province of Kwa Zulu-Natal had the least with 1.7%.
Its report states that patriarchy is firmly rooted in Black culture and fighting it is seen as attempting to destroy South African tradition or South African ideals.
The danger from rape and sexual assault is compounded because of the prevalence of HIV/AIDS in South African townships.
In 1997, violence against women was added as one of the priority crimes under the National Crime Prevention Strategy; nevertheless, the rates of reported rape, sexual abuse of children and domestic violence continue to rise.
The South African report to CEDAW partly attributes the low report and conviction rate to the post-apartheid public perception of the police force.