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'Nyanga crime on the increase'

Nyanga community leaders say crime in the area is increasing on a daily basis.

Pupils in Western Cape schools affected by gang violence. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Nyanga Community leaders on Friday said crime in the area is increasing on a daily basis.

The City of Cape Town's JP Smith visited the community to assess interventions by metro police officers.

Community leader Depoutch Elese said efforts to deal with issues like gangsterism have proven fruitless.

"They are robbing and raping people in the area. The level of crime in the area is very high."

Metro police officer Siphokazi Binza said gangsterism remains a problem, especially in schools.

"Some of the gang members are still in school and they are committing these crimes there. Teachers and learners are being robbed."

In June, authorities revealed that Nyanga has the highest crime rate in the Mother City.