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Murders keep Nyanga undertakers busy

Nyanga township has been labelled the murder capital of South Africa.

Police maintained a strong presence int he Nyanga after violent service delivery protests where residents burned tyres. Picture: Nathan Adams/EWN

CAPE TOWN - A funeral undertaker in Nyanga said on Tuesday he sees the grisly consequences of the township's high murder rate almost every day.

Sidwell Gunqisa said his company buries at least 15 people a week, most of them murder victims.

"People are murdered here in Nyanga, it's a dangerous place."

Nyanga is regarded as the murder capital of South Africa with more than 230 reported killings recorded last year.

The annual crime statistics will be revealed on Thursday.

Gunqisa said he's not surprised the area has nabbed the label, 'murder capital'.

According to him, tragedy strikes every week.

"Not once a week. It happens about 15 to 20 times a week."

Meanwhile, the Western Cape government has intervened.

The municipality along with the Western Cape government announced it will crack down on the estimated 415 illegal shebeens in area, which it said is directly linked to interpersonal violence.

The Integrated Violence Prevention Framework was launched on Tuesday, an initiative that involves various interventions aimed at reducing violent crime.

The city's Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, JP Smith, gave the initiative his stamp of approval.

"If we cannot achieve a reduction with the kind of resources we're pumping into it, I will be at a complete loss as to what will."

The city said it is confident Nyanga will in five years be a safer place to live in.

Other initiatives like expanding the neighbourhood watch in dangerous communities will also be considered.