Cape Town – Premier Alan Winde is alarmed that the murder increased by 6.6% in the Western Cape – of these, 47% of incidents occurred at just 10 police stations.
"Despite last year’s promises from Police Minister Bheki Cele and the service he leads, violent crime in the Western Cape remains effectively unchanged," Winde said after the annual national crime statistics were released today for the period covering April 2018 to March 2019.
"The murder to population ratio in the Western Cape is 60 per 100 000 – almost double the national average."
Community Safety MEC Albert Fritz said: “Murders reported in the Western Cape account for 18.9% of all murders in the country, while the province only accounts for 11.6% of the population.
"Eleven Western Cape police stations are recorded among the top 30 in the country. This is unacceptable and points to the need for more boots on the ground and more regular statistics – at least on a quarterly basis, if not more regularly.