Public lighting there is so bad that formal and informal areas are mainly lit by high mast apartheid-era lights which cast deep shadows and make it dangerous for residents to move around, especially in informal settlements where residents fall victim to criminals who prey on them.
“Two of the three police precincts in Khayelitsha are consistently subjected to a high rate of extreme violent crime. Year in and year out these police stations are included in the list of South Africa’s 10 most murderous precincts,” Dalli Weyers, a senior researcher in the SJC’s safety and justice department, said.
“We don’t believe effective streetlights will address these high levels of violent crime on their own, but we do believe they are required alongside other crime prevention measures,” Weyers said adding that: “We see effective public lighting as a necessary requirement in creating safer neighbourhoods”.
In the City of Cape Town’s Design and Management Guidelines for a Safer City, good lighting is a requirement for safety as a deterrent to crime. The same document also states that high mast lighting should be avoided because it casts deep shadows.