Cape Town - The City of Cape Town has R62.5 million to spend on public lighting in the 2019/20 financial year, but none of that money will be spent on Khayelitsha, where a lack of lighting had been highlighted as a risk to safety.
The 2014 commission of inquiry into policing in the township found a lack of adequate street lights contributed to crime in the area.
While there are plans to install more 40m high-mast lights in Khayelitsha, these will only come to fruition in the next five years.
The Social Justice Coalition (SJC), which urged Premier Helen Zille in 2012 to launch the 2014 inquiry, responded.
“There is no reason why Khayelitsha…should not be receiving the lighting that residents elsewhere in the City have on their streets,” said SJC co-head of programmes Dalli Weyers.