Police Minister Bheki Cele says police have received more than 87 000 gender-based violence complaints during the first week of the 21-day national lockdown.
Cele was speaking at a press conference in Pretoria, where the National Coronavirus Command Council was giving feedback after the government published amended regulations to the state of disaster.
He says one of the 87 000 cases, includes a case of rape, where a police officer was arrested for allegedly raping his wife.
The Minister in the Presidency responsible for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities Maite Nkoana-Mashabane says she is concerned about the increasing incidences of violence against women and children amid the lockdown period.
This comes after a KwaZulu-Natal granny was raped and murdered, allegedly by men posing as soldiers who said they were going around sanitizing homes.
Prevention of GBV
Around the world, as cities are under strict lockdown, women and children who live with domestic violence have to be more cautious.
Gender-based activists have raised concerns that lockdown can have a huge impact on domestic violence and gender-based violence.
According to reports, an estimated 3.3 million people and 10 million children are exposed to adult domestic violence each year.